The base of a responsible eating habit is formed by Whole Foods. Whole Foods are whole raw materials from which nothing has been extracted, unlike for instance, sugar from beets or flour from wheat. Whole Foods are whole vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts and fruits, but also whole grain. With a good mix of these Whole Foods, we get all the nutrients we need. Varied unprocessed food does not give you too much nor too little fuel (calories).
Nutrients are not being sieved out by processing and as a result calories are balanced out. The best base against obesity and against consuming too little of essential nutrients. By choosing pure, real Whole Foods products, you give your body exactly what it needs. This increases the nutritional value per calorie and you eat tasty, nutritiously and satiating.
A healthy eating habit is one that is maintainable. Following a diet that focuses on eating less does not change your lifestyle. Even further, it ensures that many people eat even lessof important nutrients. What works? Eating unprocessed products. By not processing raw materials, important nutrients get to stay. Nutrients such as proteins and fiber are crucial for our satiety. The attempt of eating less of what is currently seen as “normal” and available at supermarkets cannot be sustained. It might work for a little while, but our discipline never wins in the long run. Unprocessed food nourishes and satiates. To eat healthy, we need to go back to the basics: back to food made from unprocessed ingredients (Whole Foods), such as legumes, vegetables, nuts, seeds, kernels, and fruits. That’s how we get the most nutrients. After all, there is nothing better than getting through the day fit and energetic, right?
Did you know that fifty percent of our calorie intake consists of processed raw materials? This means that half of our food has no natural origin. When processing food, there is (almost) nothing left of the natural base. Ingredients are often stripped of valuable nutrients such as fiber, proteins and all kinds of vital vitamins and other micronutrients. Due to processing, food consists of ’empty’ calories only and not of essential nutrients. This way, nutritious food actually becomes an ’empty filling’.
This excessive amount of processed food has consequences for our body. The frequent and high consumption of processed raw materials leads to metabolic dysregulation. It increases the risk of obesity or, for example, diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. More information on this topic can be found in our White paper (Dutch).Download White paper