The Latest Diet Trend: Whole Foods

by elian
The Latest Diet Trend: Whole Foods

Typically the word 'diet' translates into a short-term fix for losing weight. Take the notion of a fad diet--these diets fall by the wayside quickly because while they may help you lose a quick five pounds, ultimately, they don't lead to long-term weight loss.  So while many diets focus on eliminating food groups and taking extreme measures to monitor every single calorie, one of the newer diet trends is about incorporating healthful foods rather than restricting what you put into your body. The whole foods craze has been spreading, and it's a good thing because eating whole foods is a practical way of eating that gets your body the nutrients it needs.

What are whole foods, you might be wondering? They are simply foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. They are foods that have not been processed or refined, and don't contain additives and preservatives. 

What are examples of whole foods?

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • nuts and seeds
  • beans and legumes
  • whole grain pasta
  • milk and eggs

A simple test to determine if a food is whole or not, if it does not fall into one of the above food groups, is to check the nutrition label. If you come across chemicals and additives like food dyes, monosodium glutumate (MSG), potassium bromate, aspartame or sodium nitrate, then make an effort to stay clear of these foods. Whole foods avoid these chemicals and additives in order to keep the food's nutrients in tact. Processing the food depletes the nutrients. Also, stay clear of foods that have lengthy ingredient lists. Whole foods only contain a few ingredients at most.

One of the easiest tips to eating a whole foods diet is to start each meal with lots of fresh produce. Make the fruits, vegetables and beans/legumes the stars of the meal instead of the side dish. This will ensure that you're eating foods with high nutritional value and minimal processing.

Besides consuming high amounts of essential nutrients,eating whole foods will also help keep your weight in check. People who follow this diet consume much less added sugar and sodium--two ingredients added in large quantities to processed food.

 

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