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Why Missing Out On Whole Foods Robs Us Of Good Nutrition

You’ve been robbed! If you’re eating food that’s been processed and refined, you’ve been swindled out of all the good stuff in food.

It’s a terrible development, but it’s true. We took out the nourishing things in food, leaving our shelves filled with food that’s empty of nutrition.

As whole food nutritionists and researchers, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, Ph D, explain in the beginning of their cookbook, Nourishing Traditions, “In no period of our history as a nation have Americans been so concerned about the subject of diet and nutrition. Yet… in no period of our history as a nation have Americans eaten so poorly.”[1]

Despite being a wealthy nation, we’re literally starving. Despite the fact our waistlines are growing, our nutrition has declined.

And the simplest way to explain this paradox is by understanding more about the whole foods we gave up over the course of generations in favor of processed, weak, and empty food. Ironically enough, historically people gave up whole foods as they gained wealth. Whole, unprocessed foods were associated with poverty while refined foods were associated with privilege.

However, now we’re learning that we got the raw end of the deal when we traded in whole foods for refined ones. We literally gave away the gold in food. Because when we gave up these “primitive” forms of food, we gave up scores of nutrients we needed to thrive.

What Is A Whole Food?

What is whole food? Whole food is food that is minimally processed or refined. It has most of its edible parts intact. Whole foods include molasses or Rapidura sugar as opposed to white sugar… whole wheat flour instead of white flour… brown, black or rose rice instead of white rice.

When we refine foods, it usually means we’re removing the more complex-tasting, sometimes harder to digest but nutritionally rich parts of the food. With grains like rice and wheat, it means removing the outer bran and germ. These parts of the grains give us vitamin E, healthy fats and protein. When removed, we lose as much as 25% of the grain’s protein along with at least 17 nutrients, according to the Whole Grain Council. [2]

And while usually we think of whole foods with regards to grains, it happens throughout our food system.

Sugar processors bleach off the iron in dehydrated cane sugar and molasses.

With fruits, we often settle for only the sugary juice, removing the fiber-rich pulp. Additionally, many fruit juices are pasteurized at high heats, robbing you even more of nutrients in fruits.

And even when we eat wholesome vegetables, we often peel off edible skins that are loaded with nutrients. For example, most of potato’s nutrition – such as vitamin C and protein – is found in the skin.

Now obviously, many foods we can’t eat without any processing. You need to peel bananas. The outer husks of grains are completely inedible. And we can’t eat potatoes without cooking them.

Nonetheless, while food may require some processing to make it edible, by minimizing this as much as possible, you can ensure you’re getting the most nutrition out of your foods.

Where Can You Get Whole Food?

The best way to eat more whole foods is to take control of your food in its rawest form. Buy whole raw ingredients and prepare them yourself. This way, you can be sure you’re getting all the nutritious parts of the food and minimizing nutrient loss by cooking them carefully.

  • Buy whole, organic fruit where you’ll know you’re getting the skin where much of the antioxidants and fiber is as well as the fibrous pulp. Ditch the fruit juices.
  • Opt for whole grains like steel-cut oats, whole wheat and brown rice. Be careful: By law whole wheat products need to be made of 100% whole wheat. But there are no such requirements for “multigrain” products or “whole grain” products. The Whole Grains Council has created a 100% Whole Grains stamp that verifies 100% whole grains in each serving. But without this stamp, “whole grains” on the label is open to interpretation. Check the ingredients listing carefully.
  • If you want a little sweetness, opt for unprocessed or minimally processed sweeteners like raw honey, rapidura sugar and maple syrup. While these sweeteners can still spike your blood sugar and thus should be eaten in moderation, you’ll still get a good dose of nutrients in every bite. And these nutrients can even help slow down the delivery of sugar to your bloodstream.
  • If you eat meat, look for minimally processed meats. Instead of ham, salami or deli turkey breast, opt for grassfed meats and wild-caught seafood you cook and prepare yourself.

Some foods are difficult to prepare for consumption at home and need some kinds of processing at the industrial level to make them edible.

For example, chlorella algae’s indigestible exterior cell wall makes it impossible for humans to access chlorella’s full nutrition. Chlorella manufacturers have to pulverize this cell wall in order to increase its bioavailability without sacrificing the whole food nutrition of chlorella. However, while they may break down the cell wall, quality manufacturers leave the cell wall fragments in the chlorella mix for its fibrous good nutrition.

Don’t Get Swindled Out Of Whole Foods

Don’t get robbed nutritionally! Shop carefully. Read labels. Spend a little more time in the kitchen. Bring more whole foods into your diet and join the growing number of people who have rediscovered the truly rich nutrition in these simple foods.

You’ll soon discover how well good nutrition pays off in the long run!

Sources:

[1] Fallon S et al. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. Washington DC: New Trends Publishing, 2001, p. 1

[2] What Is A Whole Grain? Whole Grains Council website.

Top 10 Most Popular Artists In The USA List by Contemporary Art Gallery Magazine

There is very good media coverage of all the various visual arts. In addition to educational programs in the public and private schools there are popular arts history courses in most major colleges and universities.Anyone who has looked at the art department course offerings in an art course catalog at a major university or college of art and design will be able to choose from a wonderful array of art study from every culture and age.You don’t have to go to college to appreciate art. There are online courses available and junior college offerings. Almost any major museum has an art education program that is sometimes very adequate for most peoples’ interests. The internet is a veritable super art library as well with art works by numerous past and contemporary artists. The articles are numerous as well as fair to good quality art images. Even the online poster stores make a huge number of works available by lithograph print at a very low price.Art is now so popular that a particular artists’ popularity can be measured by several factors:1) attendance numbers of recent public and private exhibitions of their works2) sales figures on art textbooks and art coffee table books that include a particular artist’s works3) numbers of art posters and art lithographs sold per year4) sales of art postcards, tee shirts, and any other art imprinted wares with any artist’s work5) numbers of search engine requests for an artist’s name or title of his/her works6) numbers of research projects conducted by students and professionals.The list of these artists is large and it varies from month to month and from year to year. So I have compiled the Top 10 Most Popular Artists In The USA List for 2006 – 2007 with the help of the staff at: Contemporary Art Gallery MagazineTOP 10: Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Vincent VanGogh, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keefe, Paul Gauguin.There were some notable surprises for me. Leonardo DaVinci did not make the top 10 artists list, but Jack Vettriano got amazingly close to the list considering his rather contemporary body of work and romantic subject matter. If you have a favorite artist who is not on this list, but you believe should be, send us an email at CAG.

Digital Photography – Why Opt For Digital Photography

In today’s modern world, more and more people are opting for Digital photography over film photography. There was a time when film photography stopped with the image capture, but now with digital technology you can not only see your results immediately after taking your picture, but you can store and edit them.All the many easy to use features that digital cameras now have built in to them has meant that photography has regained it’s popularity throughout the world. But what if you are still using the old method of taking photos – film photography? For those people still using film photography, here’s a few good reasons why you should now opt for digital photography: 
Convenience is probably the biggest advantage for choosing digital photography over film photography, as digital cameras use memory cards there is no film developing costs, these memory cards also allow you to take as many photos as you want.
 A digital camera has the ability to let you have your photos printed immediately: you simply connect your digital camera to a printer and press the print button to print out good quality prints.
 Another major benefit is there are a lot less wasted shots,as modern digital cameras have a review button which enables you to view all of the pictures you take so that you can then choose those you want to keep and those you want to delete.

Digital cameras not only outsell traditional film cameras but include many features not found in film cameras, such as, to shoot video and record audio. Digital photography really has paved the way for making photography more convenient and easier while at the same time, giving people the ability to take high quality photos. All this points to the fact that there is no better time to opt for digital photography than now!