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For Optimum Nutrition Natural Foods Are Best

Updated on March 11, 2010

In order to feed our bodies the proper nutrients that it needs to survive and fight off disease, we need to focus our diets on healthy foods that will provide us with these precious nutrients.

Eating foods that are highly processed and high in refined sugars, flours and saturated fats is not gaining you much in the way of nutrition. What you may be gaining though is weight!

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is, as its acronym implies, sad! It is packed with artery clogging fats and refined grains that have little nutritional value - but is of great detriment to our health.

There is big money at stake for food manufacturers who make these products. In order to extend shelf life, products are processed to remove the elements that will cause them to rot. Unfortunately, these are the elements that are also nutritious. Then, chemicals and preservatives are added that ensure that whatever is left that can rot, won't. Does this sound like something you want to consume? Doesn't sound so appealing anymore does it?

So the question is, “what has happened to natural nutrition?” By creating foods that are so void of the nutrients we need, we are becoming a sicker society. Disease has become epidemic in America. Heart disease, cancer and diabetes are more prevalent than ever. And a major contribute to this is the diet that we are consuming.

For optimum nutrition natural foods must be prevalent in your diet. Eat foods that are grown organically such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Cook your meals from scratch. This will ensure that you know what the ingredients are that you are ingesting. When you purchase packaged products, read the labels! Don’t buy foods that have too many ingredients, especially ones that you cannot identify. Cut out the processed junk foods that you eat.

When you do your weekly food shopping, shop the perimeter of the supermarket. Stay away from the middle sections that are packed with packaged products that are highly processed.

Making changes to your lifestyle is the best way to ensure that you will stay free of disease and will keep you at an optimal weight.


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    • Meadow Summers profile image

      Meadow Summers 7 years ago from North East USA

      Thanks Daisyjae!

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Good info, rated up!