Blending whole foods is the easiest and best tasting way to make sure you’re getting adequate nutrition. Supplements are OK, but getting your vitamins from whole foods makes more sense. The nutrients in whole foods are more easily absorbed by your body than nutrients in supplements.
What are whole foods? Whole foods are natural foods that are not processed – or processed very little – before they’re consumed. Whole foods are an essential part of eating raw. They don’t contain additives such as artificial flavors and colors. Examples of whole foods include:
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Whole Grains
- Raw meats
- Seeds and Nuts
Whole foods are natural foods. They are the opposite of what we consider “processed foods”. Whole foods provide optimum nutrition in a form that’s easy for the body ingest and absorb.
An easy way to get more whole foods into your diet is by blending. When you blend whole food, you retain virtually all of the food’s nutritional value.
Whole Foods and Health
Whole foods, especially bright colored fruits and vegetables contain high concentrations of naturally occurring vitamins, phytonutrients, beneficial fats, water, antioxidants and fiber. Whole foods are believed to be effective in preventing many serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, cataracts, arthritis.
A diet rich in whole foods can also have an effect on a person’s well being. After a short period of consuming more whole foods, people often report improvements in mood, digestion, energy levels and sleeping patterns.
“Diets rich in whole and unrefined foods, like whole grains, dark green and yellow/orange-fleshed vegetables and fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, contain high concentrations of antioxidant phenolics, fibers and numerous other phytochemicals that may be protective against chronic diseases.”
Whole foods are not expensive, and if you use frozen food the price tag goes even lower. When you blend whole foods, you use the entire food. This increases the entire nutritive value and also makes your food go further. You will almost never have to throw away any produce because you can always throw older produce into a vegetable of fruit smoothie, or a blended soup or sauce.
Whole foods taste great and blending foods together will create great new tastes you’ve never had before. If you’ve ever had an uncooked, but warm soup, you probably noticed a dramatic difference between a fully cooked soup. The flavors in the blended raw soup are vibrant and zesty compared to mellow and more mature flavors in the cooked soup.
Whole foods are not necessarily “organic” foods. Organic whole foods are grown following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Standards. They standards specify that organic foods must be grown without the use of pesticides, antibiotics, certain fertilizers and non-gentically altered sources.
Problems With Whole Foods
Even though whole foods are the healthiest foods available, many people don’t eat enough of them. Why is this? There are a couple of problems associated with eating whole foods: They’re difficult to eat and they don’t usually taste as good uncooked; both are solved by blending.
It’s difficult to to chew fruits and vegetables. There’s a lot of grinding and swallowing that can wear out the most tenacious eater. Eating an apple can be a project. It can get stuck in your teeth, drip down your shirt and annoy your family or co-workers everything you chomp. But if you blend the whole apple, it’s easy to eat. What used to be a project, and take 10 minutes of so, is now simple. You get the same nutrition, better absorption and a little extra time to do something else.
Cooking makes food taste better and easier to digest; this is hard to deny. And you can cook whole foods, but if you eat them raw, you’ll preserve more nutrients than if you had cooked them. Blending food makes raw foods more palatable. It’s easy to blend in better tasting foods, such as grapes to make other foods taste better. Blending food makes it easier to get more raw foods into your diet.
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