The Best of Whole Foods
To enjoy optimal health, it is profound to supply the stomach with the best quality of food because the system requires good food to make good blood. In order to know what the best foods are, we must study God's original plan for man's diet. He who created man and who understands his needs, appointed Adam his food. Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator
The grave is an abyss that has never been satisfied in receiving victims of an abused stomach. The stomach is part of the digestive system and its primary function is to secrete acid and enzymes that digest food.
To enjoy optimal health, it is profound to supply the stomach with the best quality of food because the system requires good food to make good blood. In order to know what the best foods are, we must study God's original plan for man's diet. He who created man and who understands his needs, appointed Adam his food. Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator.
The grains, with fruits, nuts, and vegetables, contain all the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood. The best article of food is one that is obtained “whole” without having its original components removed, adulterated or even fortified. Different markets and points of distribution are saturated with whole, processed and refined food products.
These three have different definitions but it is advisedly wise to select the best food that is able to nourish the system with good blood. However, it is equally important to know precisely what each of these food articles means.
Foods that have not been altered from their natural state, or had any nutrients removed, e.g., Brown rice.
Foods that have been changed through some form of processing like grinding, pureeing, cooking, etc., but haven’t had any nutritional components removed like brown rice flour. At times “processed” is an alternate definition for “refined” food products. Whenever there is a change in vocabulary, it refers to food products that do not contain their original nutrients. A processed food could be good for you or bad for you. It depends on whether it is a “processed whole food” or a “processed refined food.”
Foods that have had parts removed, leaving them with less nutrients than when they were whole. E.g., white rice. Of the common known food macro-nutrients, Carbohydrates are an execellent source of energy as they are required in large amounts to provide the energy needed to maintain body functions and carry out the activities of daily life. We need carbs to do almost everything including opening our eyes. There is the “whole carb” and the “refined carb.”
These carbs are obtained purely from whole foods that do not have any of their original nutrients stripped off. Carbohydrate-rich, whole foods are extremely healthy. These are great sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals and various beneficial plant compounds. Healthy carb-rich foods include vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains, such as oats and barley.
These are carbs that have been stripped of almost all fiber, vitamins and minerals. For this reason, they can be considered as "empty" calories. Refined carbs are of two types i.e., sugars and refined grains.
- Sugars: Refined and processed sugars such sucrose [table sugar].
- Refined Grains: These are grains that have had the fibrous and nutritious parts removed. The biggest source is white flour made from refined wheat.
Refined carbs are digested quickly, and have a high glycemic index as they yield to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels after meals.
Eating foods high on the glycemic index has been linked to;
- Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Refined carbs may increase blood triglycerides, blood sugar levels and cause insulin resistance as they are major risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
- Overeating. Foods high on the glycemic index promote short-term fullness, lasting about one hour. Foods that are low on the glycemic index promote a sustained feeling of fullness, which lasts about two to three hours.
- Food craving. Refined carbs cause rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels, and only make you feel full for a short time. This is followed by a drop in blood sugar, hunger and cravings.
- Increased risk of diseases like colon cancer due to the absence or minimal amounts of whole fiber that acts the part of cleansing or cleaning, more like a broom.
- Increased belly fat.
In a nutshell, refined carbs include mostly sugars and processed refined grains. They are empty calories and lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Sources of refined carbs include, white flour, white rice, white bread, cakes, added sugars e.g., aspartame, and sweets.
Refined Grains Are Much Lower in Fiber and Micronutrients
Whole grains are very high in dietary fiber. They consist of three main parts:
- Bran:The hard-outer layer, containing fiber, minerals and
- Germ:The nutrient-rich core, containing carbs, fat proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plant compounds.
- Endosperm:The middle layer, containing mostly carbs and small amounts of protein.
The bran and germ are the most nutritious parts of whole grains. They contain high amounts of many nutrients, such as fiber, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and selenium.
During the refining process, the bran and germ are removed, along with all the nutrients they contain. This leaves almost no fiber, vitamins or minerals in the refined grains. The only thing left is rapidly digested starch with small amounts of protein.
Some cereal producer companies enrich or fortify their products with synthetic vitamins to make up for some of the loss in nutrients. Whether or not synthetic vitamins are as good as natural vitamins has long been debated. However, most people will agree that getting your nutrients from whole foods is always the best choice.
Diets high in refined carbs also tend to be low in fiber. Low-fiber diets have been linked with an increased risk of diseases like heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and various digestive problems. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and whole grains in their natural state are a profitable source of healthy carb-rich dietary nutrients. These will nourish the body with good blood. Health is Wealth!