Within the general areas of nutrition, wellness and food science, consumers are hearing a lot of different things about how to eat healthy and shop smarter in supermarkets or anywhere else where they buy food. Experts and others offer different plans for different kinds of eating – for example, just take renowned food expert Mark Bittman’s “vegan before six” approach. There are many other arrangements where diets guide people toward lower calorie foods or those with less fats and sugars, etc.

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Four Benefits of Whole Foods
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But beyond some of these more complicated scenarios, some diets simply involve eating more whole foods. Whole foods are those that are not processed or manipulated. Fresh produce is the most prominent example of whole foods, but unprocessed meats, nuts, granola and other foods are also in the same kind of arena when it comes to providing culinary raw materials instead of dressed-up processed products. Here are some of the best benefits that you get from a whole foods approach.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants are the chemicals in fresh fruits and vegetables that have been known to deliver powerful health effects, including the prevention of some kinds of chronic diseases, such as cancers. Antioxidants and other vitamins and fresh produce can also help with heart health. A range of vitamins and nutrients in uncooked, unprocessed plant foods are a vital part of a whole foods strategy for wellness.

Skip the Additives
From food coloring to preservative acids and other potentially unsavory elements, the stuff that manufacturers add to processed foods can cause all sorts of health problems. One example is recent reports linking childhood allergies to food coloring. There are a lot of reasons to take a whole foods approach and get these kinds of preservatives and formulated ingredients out of a person’s diet.

Cost
The manipulation and packaging of processed products also costs money. More money saved means more time to pursue exercise and other wellness or fitness goals. This is another way that a whole foods approach can help with not only financial situations but also health and wellness.


Whole Foods and Organics
There’s also a kind of intuitive link between whole foods and organics. One element of this is that it’s easier to create organic whole foods than it is to create organic processed foods. This makes it easier to buy organic when using whole foods to create meals. This can lead to lower levels of pesticides or herbicides or other chemicals in foods.


The kinds of health issues that land today’s Americans in emergency rooms, addiction rehab centers or other emergency treatment areas are not the only kinds of health issues we face. Some are more subtle and related to lifestyle choices like everyday diet. Think about going to a whole foods approach to take control of a menu and pursue better wellness goals.

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