Wednesday January 8, 2020
What Is A Processed Food?
Processed foods are foods that have been altered to slow spoilage and/or make for easy storage. Processed foods can include chips, candy, sodas, deli meats, baking mixes, frozen pizza etc have been processed for our convenience. That convenience factor is costing individuals vital nutrients. How so?
Dangers of Processed Food:
- Vital nutrients and vitamins are destroyed during processing
- Additives and preservatives
- Excessive sodium and sugar
- Hidden allergens from fillers and soy
- Higher in calories compared to whole food
- Lower in fiber compared to whole food
What is a Whole Food?
Minimally processed before consumed, whole foods are in their natural state, contains all its vitamins and nutrients naturally. The health benefits speak for themselves.
You skin is the largest organ of the body and the first responder when something you consumed wasn’t the best for your health. Free from hormones and chemical additives, whole foods are a clear choice for optimal skin health. Superfoods high in Vitamin C and antioxidants are most beneficial for your skin. Need more skin tips? Click here!
Sugar and sugar additives in many processed foods can spike your blood sugar making it difficult to fall asleep. Sugar filled lattes can also cause sleep problems up to 10-12 hours after drinking it! Keep that in mind when reaching for your 3pm cup of coffee. Even if drinking decaf, watch out for too many liquids as that can lead to multiple late night bathroom trips. Click here to improve your sleep tonight
Improved Heart Health
A study of over 200,000 people recorded that individuals who followed a whole food plant-based diet enjoyed a lower risk of developing heart disease compared to diets comprised of sugary drinks and refined grains. Whole foods are rich in antioxidants and magnesium can contribute to healthy heart health and reduce inflammation. Learn more about heart health here
Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
A study documented that plant-based diets were associated with almost a 50% risk reduction of type 2 diabetes. Even though whole foods like fruit contain sugar, they are high in fiber which helps offset the carb count. Maintain your blood sugar naturally here
Did you know? A diet based on whole food may also help reduce sugar cravings. This is due to the fact that your taste buds eventually adapt to the taste of real food making processed foods taste too sweet or too salty.
With the destruction of rainforests for meat production, has led to a drastic increase in CO2 levels in the atmosphere. By developing sustainable agriculture based on whole food we can improve the health of the planet by reducing CO2 levels and the amount of non-biodegradable waste produced by processed food packaging. Read about our organic and sustainable farming practices here
Whole Food (Superfood) Grocery List:
- Passion Fruit
- Olive oil
- Macadamia Nuts
- Noni Fruit
When it comes to your health, you want the very best! Here at Hawaiian Organic Noni, you never have to worry about where your food comes from. All of our products are vegan, gluten free, raw whole food, and certified organic. We take extensive care with all the trees on our noni farm and do our due diligence when it comes to sustainability.
We grow, pick and process all of our noni for maximum potency. This allows the noni fruit to aid the body in maintaining blood sugar and blood pressure levels already within the normal range, as well as support immune system functions. When it comes to choosing between processed food vs whole food….. Whole foods win hands down!