A First Look at Wholefood
By Kristianne Untal
The world today revolves around giving us quick and easy access to almost everything. Because of this, industries have worked to provide us with commodities which satisfy the market’s demand. As a result we are now surrounded by processed and manufactured food which may have been stripped of their prime nutritional value. They come in cans, jars and vacuum-packed containers, but surprisingly this doesn’t only pertain to meat, fish and other sources of protein. Nowadays even fruits and vegetables are being processed before they reach our supermarkets.
I think everyone would agree that they would like to have optimal health and despite there being no magic elixir to provide us with this, there are choices we can make to bring us closer to that ideal. Consuming wholefood is one of those options which we can have without sacrificing the quick and easy routine, as this can be consumed with minor or even no cooking involved. But wait, what exactly is wholefood?
Wholefood (n.) food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances; natural or organic food
Wholefood is organically produced and is prepared without chemicals and processed additives. It is usually associated with vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains however it also includes organically grown meat products. Consuming such has demonstrated to be beneficial in many aspects. It contains more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, as compared to the processed food found in most grocery stores. They are a good source of phytochemicals which prevent the occurrence of chronic diseases and at the same time serve as antioxidants.
Incorporating wholefood into one’s diet has also proved to reduce the risk and development of arthritis, cancer, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Eating a high amount of raw fruits and vegetables improves blood pressure and increases one’s metabolism. The body also absorbs the nutrients from these fares faster because there are no preservatives or artificial additives to slow down the natural processes which our body undergoes.
It is important to remember that everything we consume affects our bodies in some way. In both the long and short run, consuming artery clogging, low-fiber, and sugar loaded food will not benefit us at all. Although shifting to wholefood may seem or actually be difficult at the start, even the smallest integration of it into our diets can make a difference in our lives.
“It is in our small actions toward change where we find great strides in improvement.”