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All you need to know about whole foods

By Hampton Pharmaceuticals

All you need to know about whole foods
The term whole foods is described as foods that have not been processed, they are one of the truest forms of the food source.

On a side note, the term whole foods should not be confused with the term organic foods, as they are vastly different. Whole foods refer to the natural characteristics of foods, while on the other hand, organic foods are foods that have been produced and manufacture via organic means.  Organic means refers to the production of foods that are free from the use of harmful toxins such as pesticides and chemicals.

The phrase organic food implies that the food produce this way, are not genetically modified. As described by the World Health Organisation “A genetically modified organism (plants and animals), is an organism in which their genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally”. World Health Organisation (WHO) May 2014.

The word whole foods can often get a little confusing, so what makes whole foods different from the everyday foods that we consume?

Whole foods generally refer to fruits, vegetables, all types of nuts, legumes and whole grain (fibre). It means consuming foods that look similar to the way they did whilst still growing in nature.

Whole foods are based around the concept of being healthier, they have been found to contain a lot more nutrients and less calories. Whole grain food have not been refined or processed, adding another health benefit. The simple idea behind whole food eating is to gain nutrients from the food itself; therefore eliminating the need for vitamins supplements and added preservatives.

Whole food eating is the idea of supplementing the unhealthy with the healthy. For example instead of eating a whole bag of chips, rather make a baked potato and spice it up with some garlic, spring onions and peppers or tomatoes.

Whole foods have a variety of benefits, from reducing risks associated with health diseases, to help keeping you in shape. Whole foods contain the natural elements in a plant; these elements are defined as Phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are produced via plants, they are their biological compounds. These compounds contribute to prevention and protective measures useful for the body.

Whole foods have been linked to the reduction of diabetes, heart disease and weight. The reduced risk of diabetes  associated with whole foods is due to the fact that that they contain more natural sugars, therefore, they contain less refined or unhealthy sugars, this in turns, decreases high blood sugar levels.

The reduction in the risk of heart diseases due to whole foods is seen via the fact that whole foods contain the right kind of fats; this reduces the collection of plaque that causes high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Whole foods could also contribute to the reduction of the obesity epidemic, as mentioned above, as they contain the right kinds of fats and furthermore, they are richer in fibre which allows you to feel fuller for a longer amount of time. This then aids in the process of weight loss.

In conclusion whole foods seem to be one of the best options when it comes to eating clean, staying in shape and keeping healthy.  Whole foods can also be home-grown; this gives you the peace of mind, knowing exactly how your foods have been produced.  

Sometimes it can be difficult to reach  adequate fibre levels as a lot of today's foods are processed and some of the natural fibres are lost during the process.

Slimatone Fibre Support is the ideal product if you are looking to keep healthy while achieving your daily fibre requirements, without experiencing bloating that is associated with high fibre foods such as nuts and wheat.

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