There are several definitions of what whole foods are ranging from raw foods to fruits and vegetables to organic food and some including animal proteins. The United States food and drug administration defines whole foods as whole grains ,bran and yellow-dark-green and orange fruits and vegetables as well as legumes, nuts and seeds.
In this article I will speak specifically on the benefits of the whole food diet nutritional plan that derives from fruits and vegetables grown naturally, that are unprocessed and unrefined – the way nature intended it. Whole foods Have gained more and more popularity over the years from industries and companies marketing organic foods. However whole foods do not necessarily have to be organic.
Whole foods simply mean that they are fruits and vegetables and grains grown that have not been persevered and processed in any way.
The whole food diet does not consist of packaging or canned foods that keep food from spoiling, because they are preserved in chemicals and sodium preservatives, and are not in its natural form. Whole foods can be grown organically or hydroponically and may consist of frozen vegetables, because they have not been preserved with chemicals or sodium based preservatives.
However frozen fruits and vegetables have been argued that they do not contain the living enzymes that fresh contains. Never the less the micro-nutrients and macro-nutrients are the same when frozen. If your unsure what whole food are, the a simple way of looking at it is… If the ingredients contain any word that is hard to pronounce and consist of anything other than carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals… Then is is not a whole food.
They are fortified with far more vitamins and minerals than traditional foods, and contain high amounts of antioxidant phenolic fibers and other phyto-chemicals that have healing and preventative benefits from chronic illness and diseases.
The benefits for weight loss with the whole food diet are, that they are very rich in fiber which makes it dense in portion size. So portions can be bigger without the expense of too many calories. This helps prevent feeling hungry that can cause binging, by giving you the feeling of feeling fullness which triggers the hypothalamus, which is a part of your brain that sends a message to stop eating.
The whole food diet is by far, one the healthiest and most nutritional diet and is used in many diets for to healing and health issues including: Cancer, Weight-loss, Diabetes, Thyroid Prostate, Hypertension, Anxiety and Depression.
I have seen many different diets and fad diets in the 24 years I have been in the fitness and nutrition industry. I can tell you that the benefits of whole foods are undeniably outstanding and nutritionally sound. There is much debate however in the quality and efficiency of proteins deriving strictly plants sources. The effects of eating whole foods can be noticed in as little as 1 to 2 weeks, providing you haven’t included traditionally processed foods into your diet.
You will immediately notice decreased water weight and bloating, caused by traditional foods and processed foods that are typically high in sodium. If you need proof just try eating only whole foods for two weeks. You will notice a difference in the way your skin looks by giving you a more lustrous glow, as well as tightened look.”The Benefits Of The whole Food Diet Are Truly Incredible However, when Combined With Complete Proteins Make Up The #1 Diet In My Opinion THE CLEAN DIET “