Lately the term ‘whole foods’ keeps appearing in all sorts of articles and products. But what are whole foods and are they really all they’re made out to be and more importantly why are they a better option than supplements?
The definition of a whole food is ‘a food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances.’
That’s a pretty straight-forward explanation but it should be noted that whole foods and organic food are different again. Organic foods are foods which are free from pesticides, hormones and additives, so the logical approach for you to get your best bang for your buck in terms of healthy food is to look to organic whole foods.
A Supplement is designed to deliver specific vitamins and nutrients that may be deficient in the body. Typically, the most popular supplements tend to be those that deliver specific nutrients such as vitamin D, C or B but there are also multi-vitamin offerings on the market which claim to give users all the vitamins their bodies require.
The important distinction to make between supplements and wholefoods is that many supplements are processed and not organic meaning there may be other ingredients that could affect their effectiveness, including the coatings on pulls which can dramatically decrease absorption by the body.
A Healthy Diet
Ultimately, living a healthy lifestyle means having a healthy diet. The easiest way to achieve this is to make sure you are consuming lots of organic whole foods in the form of fruit, vegetables and Superfoods. Our range of Superfoods are Australian Certified Organic and are considered as whole foods too, but they are not a simple replacement to other parts of a healthy balanced diet, they should be used in conjunction with one.
For example, in winter time you may be looking to boost your immunity to colds and flu which can be easily achieved by including some Camu Camu in your diet, which is the highest source vitamin C on the planet. Or similarly, Spirulina which is the most nutrient dense food available. Another example is that if you are a vegetarian and looking for protein sources then Spirulina is 70% protein, approximately double that of meat therefore giving you the one thing that a vegetarian diet often lacks.
The great thing about eating a diet of whole foods is you know there will be a positive effect on your body and lifestyle. You can’t guarantee that with supplements, particularly multivitamins, which often contains such small amounts of each vitamin the effect on the body can be minimal.
Eating a whole food diet takes planning but the long-term effects are significantly positive to your health, particularly if you go the extra step and eat organic too. Set up a whole food diet plan for yourself by removing any supplements that aren’t medically prescribed and give it a month and take note of how much better you feel. In a world of processed foods, pesticides and genetically modified seeds it is important that now, more than ever, we begin to educate ourselves on what a healthy diet really is.
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