Updated: Jan 20, 2021
A diet rich in whole foods can be the answer! If you’re looking for a way to stay healthy, decrease the risk of suffering from some serious diseases, and slow down the process of aging, then you should eat more whole foods. Whole foods are the foods closest to their natural state, which means that they contain much more nutrients than processed foods. Of course, the first step to better health is to include more whole foods and start soon.
Whole foods are unprocessed vegetable, fruits, beans, seeds, nuts, legumes, whole grains, seafood, fish, eggs, red meat, and poultry. Now, most people know that whole foods are healthier, but making the change can be challenging. Not to worry! It’s easier than you think!
Just take a moment to think about how health is more important than ever these days. It’s a much better idea to simply visit the fresh food section of the grocery store, your local farmers’ market and buy these nutrient-packed whole foods.
In case you need a little nudge to start eating whole foods, here are 5 ways they contribute to your well-being.
1. Lower Risk Of Diabetes
According to Mercola.com, a diet that involves a lot of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits significantly lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease. Know that if you are already concerned about your health in this area, you too will feel better if you start eating healthier!
2. Reduce Nutrient Deficiency
WebMD notes that a survey about eating habits was conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, and the results they found were shocking. A huge amount of people didn’t have proper nutrient intake. In fact, 92-97% of the population that participated in the survey didn’t consume enough potassium and fiber, while a third of the people didn’t consume a sufficient amount of vitamin C.
However, these nutrients help reduce the risk of some serious diseases and are very important for your overall health. So, what should people do when they simply don’t get enough nutrients from the food they eat? Start consuming whole foods. All of these nutrients can be replaced by following a diet filled with healthy, whole foods.
Most whole plant-based foods are extremely rich in fiber, while processed and junk foods aren’t. Fiber is a very important part of your dietary intake that improves gut health in numerous ways.
Enjoying a plant-based, whole foods diet are a much better way to increase your fiber intake, since they contain both types of it (insoluble and soluble). Eating foods that are rich in fiber will also help control your weight, blood fats, and blood sugar.
4. Weight Management
If you want to keep your weight under control, but don’t feel like going on some extreme diet, then you’ll be pleased to hear that eating whole foods promotes healthy weight management, especially if you choose to eat mostly whole vegetables and fruits. These foods are power packed with nutrients and are lower calorie than most processed foods so you feel satisfied after a meal.
5. More Energy
There is a simple explanation why whole foods will provide you with more energy. When you eat something, your body has to break down that food. However, processed foods are difficult to break down, so a lot of the energy they have to offer will actually go into the processing of digestion. On the other hand, it’s a natural process for your body to break down whole foods, so you will be left with an abundance of energy to enjoy life!
Include Lean Proteins like Fish & Seafood
The delicious goodies that come from deep waters yield multiple benefits. Here is why you should add seafood delicacies to your diet:
The omega -3 fatty acids in cold water fish, such as salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel and herring reduce risks of cardiovascular disease, including stroke and/or heart attack. You can get these from fish oil capsules on the market today but why not get it directly from actual seafood?
Nutrients in fish and seafood have many pro-health benefits. There are many options to choose from, whichever you prefer, you will reap all the fishy goodness from it.
Final Thought on Whole Foods
It is time to consider what you are eating every day and that good food is your best choice for living a longer and healthier life.
Join us starting February 1, 2021 as we start our 2021 “Good Food” Nutrition Challenge.