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TOPIC: Adopt a Whole Foods Diet Without Breaking the Bank

Adopt a Whole Foods Diet Without Breaking the Bank 24 Jun 2013 14:41 #217

Adopting a Whole Foods Diet Without Breaking the Bank
Posted October 21, 2011 by Kellee Bryan

Simply put, a whole food is one that’s in its original form, unaltered prior to arriving in your kitchen. In contrast to that – and what we're challenging you to eat less of – are processed foods. Most of us recognize a box of macaroni and cheese as a processed food, but might forget about things like white rice and butter (both processed, by this definition), or be altogether unaware of the processing that “fresh,” not-from-concentrate orange juice undergoes before landing on the grocer’s refrigerated shelves.

To be clear, processing foods – altering them from their original state – is not inherently a bad thing. Turning tomatoes to marinara sauce is “processing” whether it’s done in your grandmother’s kitchen or in a Jersey production plant – and the former is probably a very good thing. Where to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable processing is a topic of debate among whole food proponents. But, generally speaking, consensus can be found around the two primary things to avoid: first, the stripping of nutrients (like when brown rice is processed into white rice); second, the addition of chemicals, preservatives, trans fats, and high fructose corn syrup. A good rule of thumb offered by Michael Pollan in his book, “In Defense of Food,” is to eat food that your great-grandmother would recognize as food – though even that can be tricky, since she’d probably recognize yogurt… but not the sugar-filled yogurt product popular today. Still, it’s a workable guideline. Butter? Sure. Pop Tarts? Not so much.

There are two common misconceptions about adopting a diet of primarily whole foods:

1. It’s too time consuming.
2. It’s too expensive.

Both of these statements can be true – and often are – but they don’t have to be. In fact, depending on your current shopping habits, you may even find that switching to mostly whole foods helps you save money at the grocery store. And while grilling a burger in the backyard will never be as quick as grabbing one from a drive-thru window, there are a number of ways to save time in the kitchen. Remembering a few simple tips will help your budget, your schedule, and your health.


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