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HOW “WHOLE FOODS NUTRITION” CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
This is the latest in our Nutrition series, covering the First Nutritional Rule - The more you process a food, the more you reduce its nutritional value.
For decades Americans have been eating a diet consisting mainly of highly processed foods. This has contributed to our current health crisis- huge increases in diseases like Type II diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. These diseases are common in America and Europe, but are rare in the cultures that still eat whole foods. For example, about half of Americans over 65 have high blood pressure; in the Eskimo and tribal African populations of the same age, the percentage is only 0.6%! Studies have shown that people who eat native, whole foods tend to have low rates of these diseases- until they move to a country that has a “modern” or “civilized” lifestyle- then they “catch up” within a generation or two of eating processed foods. These are not really genetic diseases; your diet and lifestyle make you sick, but genetics does help determine what illnesses you are more prone to.
Over thousands of years, the human body has been adapted to eat whole foods – fruits, vegetables, nuts, and meat. We have not been eating whole foods for the last few generations; by far the majority of the food we eat now is processed. (Processing includes things like bleaching flour, adding purified sweeteners like sugar and corn syrup, heating food to kill bacteria, adding chemical flavors and preservatives, etc.) Processing a food increases its “shelf life” – think about how long a can of peaches can last, compared to a ripe peach- but it also greatly reduces its nutritional value. Research has shown that bleaching flour to make white bread causes a loss of 70% of the vitamins, minerals and fiber in whole grain wheat; cooking vegetables and meat destroys 30 to 50% of vitamins and enzymes, and makes many minerals, including calcium, very hard for the body to absorb. These losses cannot be made up by adding back in artificial vitamin and mineral supplements.
So the dietary changes we recommend are more about the quality of what we eat. Foods that are recommended include- of course- lots of veggies, but NOT in juice form, or canned; both those forms of food are highly processed. Lightly steamed or raw is best. Meats are fine, preferably grass fed or free range, but avoid cold cuts, hot dogs, fast foods, “chicken fingers” and other processed forms. And finally some fruit is a great addition- but again avoid the juices! I do not recommend wheat and other grains, and they are especially bad when they are in the form of white flour. (More on that in a later newsletter.)
The “whole foods” approach to nutrition also applies to the supplements that we take.
Realistically, most people in today’s society cannot eliminate all processed foods from their diets. That is why we use supplements. But most supplements are even more processed than our foods. Artificial vitamins made in a factory can deliver a huge dose of a few nutrients, but they can never match the overall health value of a whole food. Why take a processed vitamin pill to try to make up for an overly processed diet? In our office we recommend Standard Process supplements as they are the leaders in the whole food supplement industry. Their supplements contain a small amount of the usual vitamins, but their main ingredients are concentrated, organic food sources of these nutrients, so the nutrition is delivered intact.
The natural force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well ~ Hippocrates