Nutrient-dense whole foods are high in fibre, vitamins and
minerals, providing a natural way to get all the nutrients your body needs for
health and wellbeing. As an added bonus, whole foods are typically low in sugar
Whole foods are unrefined (or unprocessed), which means that
they are as close to their natural form as possible. Think fresh fruit, vegies,
eggs, whole grains, or a lean cut of meat or chicken.
Processed foods, on the other hand, have been modified in a food
processing plant. They are generally packaged – all it takes is a quick scan of
the back of the packet to see how many additives have changed up the original ingredients.
Because they often have added fat or sugar, they are high in calories but low
in nutritional value. Think instant noodles, pizza and soft drink.
How to pick the good from the bad
Given how quick and easy it is to grab a snack from the middle aisles of the supermarket – compared to preparing a healthy snack at home – it’s unsurprising that so many of us still eat too many processed foods.
The good news is that it’s easier than you think to find delicious ‘fast foods’. You just need to know where to look. To make it easier for you to pick the healthy option amongst all the packaged foods on the supermarket shelves, we’ve picked some of our favourite whole foods.
Fruits and vegetables Whole foods to look for: fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen vegetables, frozen fruits, unsalted nuts
Processed foods to avoid: fruit or vegetable juices, fruits canned in heavy syrup, fruit snacks/fruit roll ups, veggie or potato chips, salted/seasoned nuts