I wonder if your description of “wholefoods” matches mine?
- When referring to wholefoods, I tend to think of, and refer to them as plant foods.
- Often, it’s easier to understand the concept of “wholefoods” when we compare them to their opposite…. processed foods.
- It’s fair to say that wholefoods are natural, (i.e. provided by nature itself) and processed foods are not.
- Processed foods are man-made, and often have chemicals, colourings or preservatives added to them.
- Processed foods are refined, and have been stripped of one or more of their original elements, i.e. they are missing valuable nutrients, fibres or water.
- Conversely, plant-based, “whole” foods (e.g. fresh whole fruits, vegetables, tubers, wholegrains, seeds, nuts, beans, pulses or legumes) are in their “whole” form… are unprocessed and unrefined, or in the very least, processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed.
Why focus on wholefoods?
Wholefoods, or plant-based foods are provided by nature, and since we are a part of nature, these foods are perfect to nourish and sustain us. They are rich in nutrients and fibre, and in a form that is ideal for the human body to digest and assimilate. The array of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, beans and legumes available to us provide us with all the colour, nutrition, taste and variety to keep us healthy and satisfied.