Real food and whole foods are foods that haven’t been processed, refined, or altered in any way, shape, or form. This type of eating is similar to that of our ancestors - free of pre-made meals, packaged snacks, and processed foods. Real food is whole single-ingredients that are all natural and essentially is synonymous with whole foods. Below are some examples:
- Whole grains
Why Choose Whole/Real Food?
Whole foods are rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that our bodies crave for optimal functioning. Processed foods are stripped away from important nutrients and carry empty calories that can negatively affect your body and overall health. These foods can increase the risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes or cancer. By consuming real ingredients that have not been processed or chemically engineered you increase the likelihood of maintaining good health.
Here are some additional health benefits that go along with eating whole foods:
- It’s better for the environment
- High in fiber
- Helps control blood sugar
- High in healthy fats
- Loaded with nutrients
- Lots of antioxidants
- Helps support local farmers
- Reduces risk of disease
- Promotes heart health
Additionally, real food tastes better and has far more variety in flavor. It keeps you feeling nourished longer which prevents you from overeating. Real food is not considered a restrictive diet. It’s simply consuming foods that are all natural and free of any outside tampering.
What to Look For
If you’re looking to consume a diet filled with mostly real foods, be sure to check a food's nutritional label. This label will give you plenty of insight on how processed a food may be. The longer the list, the more likely a food has been overly processed. The more whole foods you consume, the less room you have for processed foods. It’s about finding a balance that works best with your lifestyle.
Kate’s Real Food is focused on providing a healthy alternative to processed snacks. Choose from one of our many delicious snacks guaranteed to help fuel you through your day whether it be at the office or on a trail. Kate’s is dedicated to giving you real ingredients that boost your health and mind.