Whole Foods Are Full of Nutrients

Do you know what foods are considered whole foods?

Whole grain breads contain grains with an outler layer rich in nutrients

Eat whole foods daily to enhance your overall nutrient intake

The term “whole food” refers to foods that are minimally processed or not processed at all. Examples include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes.

When purchasing breads, look for “whole grains” but don’t be misled by the term “multi-grain.” These foods contain many grains but they may not necessarily be whole. Whole grains contain an outer bran layer, which is lost, along with most of the nutrients, when processed into refined flour.

Whole Doesn’t Mean Organic

With fruits and vegetables, note that “whole” doesn’t mean it is “organic.” Eating organic will reduce exposure to pesticides or other chemicals used in growing conventional produce.

The Benefits of Whole Foods

The benefit of consuming whole foods is to enhance the amount of overall nutrients consumed – in particular, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Fibre helps lower total cholesterol, decreasing the risk of heart disease.

Some seasonal whole foods to look forward to at this time of year include blueberries, raspberries, arugula, corn, Swiss chard, tomatoes and summer squash.

Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.