Whole Foods Health Topic

Whole Foods Health Topic

Whole foods are foods that are eaten in as close to their natural state as possible. Examples include fruits and vegetables, non-homogenized raw milk, unpolished grains, and unprocessed meats, poultry and fish. Whole foods are free of additives such as preservatives and artificial colors and/or flavors. Whole foods are often termed "nutrient dense" because they contain the maximum nutritional composition possible, retaining the essential minerals and vitamins that might otherwise be lost during processing. Because of their natural state, though, many whole foods have a limited shelf life and are best purchased fresh from local vendors and farmers' markets. Since the beginning of civilization, people have relied on foods and herbs for medicine. Whole foods have many well-documented healing properties available to all in an inexpensive and non-toxic form.

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  1. What are Whole Foods?

    Whole foods are foods that are as close to their natural or original states as possible. This means they have not been processed or refined. It also means they are free of additives, such as colorings and preservatives, and they have not been modified. One reason to choose whole foods over their processed counterparts is nutritional intake. Often, as a result of processing, important vitamins and minerals are lost, and the food may become less healthy. While processing and refinement takes away some things the body needs, it also tends to add things in such as artificial coloring, flavorings, and preservatives.

  2. The World's Healthiest Foods (Are Whole Foods)

    A list of over 120 nutrient dense, readily available, everyday whole foods that are affordable and taste good!

  3. Medicinal Value of Whole Foods

    For the first 5000 years of civilization, humans relied on foods and herbs for medicine. We should not forget the well-documented, non-toxic and inexpensive healing properties of whole foods. Medicinal uses for over 60 whole foods.

  4. Whole Foods on Wikipedia

    Whole foods are those that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed. They typically do not contain added ingredients, such as sugar, salt, or fat. Because of the lack of basic processing, many whole foods have a very short shelf life and are not easily sold outside of farmers' markets. Examples of whole foods include unpolished grains; fruits and vegetables; unprocessed meat, poultry, and fish; and non-homogenized milk.

  5. Teleological Nutritional Targeting and the Doctrine of Signatures

    "The Doctrine of Signatures" states that the physical form of a plant gives a clue as to its healing purposes. Referred to in the classical period of Rome as the "Law of Similarities" it is now called "Teleological Nutritional Targeting." It posits that every whole food has a pattern that resembles a body organ or physiological function and that this pattern acts as a signal or sign as to the benefit the food provides the eater.

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