Monday, February 21, 2011

What are Whole Foods?

Fruits and vegetables are great examples of whole foods. They are unprocessed, unrefined, and can be eaten without any additives or modifications. For example, a serving of baked fish would be a whole food, while a fish stick wouldn't be.
Whole foods can include:
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes (beans, soybeans, peas, lentils) 
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Milk
  • Whole grains
  • Meats, chicken, and fish
  • Eggs

Whole Foods Diet

Is a whole foods diet right for your kids?
Many parents may initially think that it isn't, but that is probably because of common misconceptions about a whole foods diet that have lead them to quickly dismiss the idea.
You should now know what a whole foods diet is -- eating more unprocessed foods. But what isn't it? It isn't about being a vegitarian or eating organic (unless you want it to be), and it doesn't have to be a diet in the sense of that is all you eat.
Instead, when feeding your kids, think about offering more whole foods instead of processed foods.

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