Health Facts · Vitamins

Whole Foods vs. Refined Foods

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I often get the question, “Krystal, what the heck is a refined food?!”  Well, here’s the answer!

A refined food is processed and man-made. It is void of essential enzymes, trace elements and vital nutrients found in whole foods.  Enzymes and nutrients work synergistically in the body. Therefore, refined foods lack the necessary co-factors needed to digest, absorb and metabolize them, which leads to digestive problems, allergies, sensitivities and several other complications.  Refined foods also DEPLETE nutrients in the body!  In addition, other harmful, artificial ingredients are added to refined foods, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG),  flavors, colors, dyes, preservatives, hydrogenated oils (damaged fats), fillers, and artificial sweeteners.  Most likely, the “food” is wrapped in several layers of plastic, cardboard, and/or foil, and it didn’t exist until after 1903 when the hydrogenation process was  invented. Examples include: boxed cereals (packed with sugar & the cardboard has more nutrition than the cereal!), chips, cookies, crackers, pasta, bread, etc.

The refined grain – The refined grain is what you end up with after two of the most nutritious parts of the grain are removed (the bran and the germ), which gives the grain a longer shelf life.

The whole grain – In their whole form: rice, millet, quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat (not made into flours).

Enriched grain – Since refining the grain takes out a great deal of nutrition, food scientists try to compensate by adding back in what nutrients they think are missing and most important. The problem is that nature is complex and food science isn’t easy…so the end result, enriched white flour or enriched white rice, which is still artificial and not nutritious.

A whole food is unprocessed, unrefined and are in their natural state as they occur in nature.  Whole foods contain all of their vital enzymes and nutrients needed to metabolize them! They are packed with micronutrient vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber. They FEED and fuel the body the way that nature designed it.  Examples include: vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood and fish, nuts, seeds, whole grains, herbs and spices.

The next time you’re in the grocery store, ask yourself, “Do I want to spend my money on foods that contain colorful nutrients and gain health and vitality or do I want to grab the quickest, easiest, least nutritious options for myself and family that may cause complications now and/or later in life?”  It’s up to each and every one of to choose what we buy and put in our bodies!

Sending love and health to all!! 

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