It is fair to say that since the dawn of the internet, the world has been hit with an abundance of information on food consumption. We have been told what to eat and what not to eat, what the latest diet is and why this one is actually the best, and what the newest superfood is and why you absolutely have to eat it. We have been bombarded with so much information, and often conflicting information, that it is difficult to know what or who to trust anymore. With all of this being said, there is of course a difference between good and bad advice, and naturally we all want the former!
In a sense, the title of this article could be said to be misleading, but perhaps not in the way you may think. What we mean by this is that the organic food revolution is more of a return to the basics, to how humans used to do things. The fact that we have moved so far away from our humble beginnings as a species is what makes a return revolutionary.
Even if we look at photographs from the beginning of the 20th century, people generally look healthier and more able. There a number of potential reasons for this, including the theory that modern conveniences have resulted in us moving less, but it is correct to say that the modern diet has a lot to do with this. So, let’s take a look at why organic foods are the newest, healthiest and most affordable revival trend of the modern era!
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What are Whole Foods?
Before we explain what whole foods are, we want you to know that this suggested return to the past is not a dismissal of the digital age. In fact, you can now source Wholefoods online, allowing yourself to use both your time and money wisely, as well as giving yourself a variety of choice when it comes to meal planning.
Whole foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains (including oats, brown rice and barley), nuts, beans, fish, shellfish and eggs. The key term here is unprocessed. We should be avoiding processed foods as much as we possibly can.
Why are Whole Foods Healthy?
Whole foods are higher in nutrients, such as fibre, minerals and vitamins than processed foods, and when they make up the majority of a diet, may lower rates of heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Whole foods allow nutrients to act together in they way they are intended. Also, it is worth noting that you can safely add some minimally processed foods to your diet, such as whole wheat flour and/or frozen goods.
A Final Note
If we think back to what humans have been eating for as long as we have existed, these are the types of foods that should make up the majority of our regular diets. Other items need to be treated as luxury items or treats. Whole foods have served us well for generations, so in this case, the latest trend is to ditch the trends and get back to our roots!