Whole foods are commonly defined as foods that have not been refined or processed and are closest as possible to their natural state.
According to Jude Blereau, a natural foods chef, author and whole foods expert, the true meaning of whole foods is much more than this. It is an understanding that food is part of the web of life and how we choose to grow food will affect our ecosystems.
Good food starts in the field’s healthy soil which is rich with microorganisms and dense in nutrients. Good food should be organic or biodynamic because these farming practices do not use toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilisers.
Organic and biodynamic farming practices help to eliminate chemical leaching into our environment, create healthier habitats for native animals, promote the balance of our native ecosystems and encourage preservation of the natural biodiversity.
Whole foods are good because when a food is whole with all its natural macro and micronutrients intact, it works effectively at its optimal level just as nature has intended.
Good food is ‘real’, made with true and natural ingredients unlike processed foods that are produced using toxic chemicals such as synthetic flavour enhancers, colourings and preservatives.
Processed food is hollow and devoid of the essential, complex micronutrients that our bodies need to function at the optimal level. No amount of ‘fortification’ or ‘adding back’ of synthetic vitamins or minerals will make it whole again.
Whole foods should not only be rich in nutrients but also be delicious and enjoyable. When we enjoy our food, our digestive system works better and absorbs nutrients to nourish our body and soul.
In our most recent interview, Jude talks about what good food really is and how to save money when buying whole foods.
Listen to this interview to learn:
- why your body cannot function properly with processed foods
- why omega 3 added to your bread does not actually work
- how to save money when it comes to buying good, wholesome foods
- why good food is more than just its physical nutrients
- the philosophy behind whole foods cooking
- the benefits of whole foods
Enjoy! Let us know how you go. We look forward to reading your comments.
Dr Esther Lok
Disclaimer: All advice may not be construed as medical advice or instruction and is not meant to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. Information has been compiled from the author’s personal experiences and own research into multiple existing public references and previously published scientific studies. While all care is taken, information is not warranted as accurate and The Organics Institute and Dr Esther Lok cannot be held liable for any errors and omissions.