How to Identify REAL Whole Food:
- It is grown and sold "whole"
- Variable quality
- Spoils fast
- Requires preparation
- Vibrant colors and rich textures
- Authentically flavorful
- Strong connection to land and culture
How to Identify PROCESSED Food-Like Products:
- Produced, manufactured in a factory and sold in neat, convenient packages
- Always the same (no quality or taste variance)
- Stays "fresh" for extended periods of time
- No preparation required, just heat and serve
- Contains fillers, additives and preservatives to make otherwise dull and bland mixtures appetizing
- Artificially flavorful
- No connection to land or culture
Why we seek to avoid processed foods:
- Processed foods often contain multiple ingredients, extending the shelf life of the food, enriching the color of the food or enhancing the flavor of the food.
- Processed foods are often created as a brain child of food engineers who seek to awaken our taste buds and create food addictions. Is there a reason why we can't just eat one potato chip? You betcha!
- Many processed snack foods advertise that they are low in fat or fat free. Do you know what is added to food to make it taste better in the absence of fat? SUGAR!
- Processed foods are often high in sugar. Read the label of your food. Look for Grams of Sugar. The World Health Organization recommends that we have no more than 25 Grams of Sugar per day. A cup of yogurt with "Fruit on the Bottom" can have as much as 30 Grams of sugar in one serving!
Cutting out processed foods can help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, accelerate weight loss, decrease hunger and reduce your risk of diabetes.
To incorporate more whole foods: Grow your own, shop the Root Cellar on High Street, buy locally farmed beef and support local farmer's markets.