A Whole Food Diet - some thoughts
by Webmaster, All4NaturalHealth.com
In last couple of centuries, our diet has changed drastically, moving away from a largely whole food diet containing many fresh and natural whole foods, and replacing them with a whole selection of refined and processed foods.
In the same period, the rates of serious chronic, degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, etc in first world countries have skyrocketed and are continuing to rise.
Go to any society where most of the people still consume a diet containing a majority of natural whole foods, and we will find that their rates of such killer diseases are very much lower, if not non-existent.
This is no coincidence at all.
You see, when compared with their refined and processed counterparts, the foods in a whole food diet come with many health benefits. As we strip away the wholeness of such foods, we literally remove the wholesome goodness with which they come with.
It all makes sense, doesn't it? Human beings and many other animals live on this Earth. Alongside us, many foods grow on trees and under the ground - fruits, roots, vegetables, nuts, etc. Surely these foods would suffice in providing all of us the optimal nutrition which we need? After all, they had done so for thousands of years.
But human beings, being supposedly more intelligent (in some ways, that is largely questionable, but that is another debate altogether...), have, for the sake of convenience and our taste buds, tampered greatly with our food supply.
We refine our foods, stripping away vital nutrients and creating imbalances. For example, refined sugar and refined grains have high glycemic index values, wreaking havoc with blood sugar and insulin levels in the body.
We cook most, if not all, of our food, destroying a lot of its nutrients and creating harmful substances in the process. Click here to read about the health benefits of raw plant foods.
In addition, we process our foods in various ways, adding harmful artificial chemical additives, flavorings, colorings, preservations, fillers, etc. Thus, not only have we reduced the quality and amount of nutrition we are getting, we have increased our intake of harmful substances.
Earlier, I had mentioned that people living in less developed areas who consume whole food diets containing large amounts of natural whole foods are much less likely to get the serious degenerative diseases which we often do.
Now, let us consider what goes on in nature - I usually find that that is a good indication of what would be good lifestyle and dietary habits for human beings.
Animals in the wild only consume natural whole foods which grow on trees or from the ground. In other words, you could say that they are on whole food diets. And, not surprisingly at all, they, too, do not get cancer, heart disease, obesity or other chronic conditions.
But, on the other hand, domesticated animals and those which live in zoos, which are fed the refined and processed foods which humans eat, instead of the whole food diet eaten by their wild counterparts, also develop the same serious illnesses which we get.
Whether or not one believes in God, the fact of the matter is, natural whole foods have been placed on Earth and we have been consuming such foods for probably thousands of years. Only in the past couple of centuries have we begun introducing to our diet refined and processed foods which are pretty much devoid of nutrients.
And, the truth is, the human body is just not adapted to such a diet, and this is one of the direct causes of the scarily escalating rates of killer diseases in the first world today.
A good way to help reverse these trends and to bring better nutrition to our bodies is to consume a large variety of natural, organic whole foods. Convert to a mainly whole food diet, and I am certain you will feel the difference in your health.
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