Wholesome vs Unwholesome Food: 5 Ways To Tell The Difference

Knowing the difference between wholesome and unwholesome food makes all the difference to your health.

Who knowingly fuels a car with corrupted (unwholesome) fuel and expects good results? No one I know. If you do this, the car runs sluggishly if at all. It performs poorly. Before long it has a total breakdown.

Why, then, do so many people insist on fueling their bodies with corrupted (unwholesome) food? Do we really expect them to perform well on this kind of fuel? It would seem so, since so many of us eat unwholesome food and suffer serious health problems as a result. It doesn’t have to be this way!

What makes food wholesome or unwholesome? Let’s look at 5 ways to tell the difference and YOU be the judge.

Difference #1: Wholesome Food Is Minimally Processed

Wholesome Food Is Minimally Processed

This means:

  • Naturally preserved by means such as:
    • refrigeration,
    • freezing,
    • freeze drying,
    • dehydrating,
    • fermenting, etc.
  • No artificial or chemical additives of any kind.
  • Naturally sweetened only – no refined sugars
  • To summarize: the fewer ingredients, the better.

Difference #2: Wholesome Food Is Naturally Grown

This means:

  • Grown in rich, natural soil without:
    • chemical herbicides,
    • pesticides, or
    • fertilizers.
  • Free of:
    • antibiotics,
    • hormones, or
    • genetically modified organisms.
  • In short, buy local and buy organic when possible.

Difference #3: Wholesome Food is Highly Nourishing

Wholesome Food is Highly Nourishing

This means:

  • Real, whole, natural and fresh.
  • Naturally nutrient dense without added ingredients.
  • Cooked or prepared to digest most easily.
  • In other words, food like our great grandparents ate.

Difference #4: Wholesome Food Satisfies Natural Hunger

This means it does not:

  • excite unnatural appetites,
  • feed cravings or addictions,
  • provide unnatural stimulation.

But it DOES leave you feeling full until the next meal.

Difference #5: Wholesome Food Comes From A Safe, Clean Source.

This means it is:

  • Grown or raised in a clean environment.
  • Prepared in a safe, hygienic way.

In conclusion: When fed wholesome food, our bodies reward us in many ways. We receive increased energy, clarity of thought, and heightened feelings of well-being. Food for thought indeed, yes?

To Your Health!
Best Regards,
Sharon Iezzi, Manager
Oklahoma Academy Country Store

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