Whole vs. Processed Foods

March 8, 2011


Today a friend asked me to explain the difference between whole foods and processed foods. Thank you Sue — I hope this helps.

A Whole Food is:
• A food that has nothing added to it or taken from it
• A food in the form in which nature intended it to be
• The best foods do not have ingredients lists because nothing has been added
• Whole foods are “live” foods

Processed Food is:
• A food that has been altered from the form it is found in nature.
• The more processed the food, the worse it is for your health
• Processed food is addictive
• Processed foods have catchy names, fancy packaging and colorful marketing campaigns
• Processed foods are patented
• Processed food is “dead” and lacking in nutrients

Here are a few examples of whole foods vs. processed foods.

Whole Food: Apple, brown rice, orange, tomato, corn, potato, cucumber, strawberries

Processed Food: Apple, pie, white rice, Sunny Delight, catsup, totrilla chips, fries, pickles, Capri Sun Strawberry & Kiwi Juice

Here is the ingredient list from the Kraft website for Capri Sun Juice Drink Strawberry Kiwi Blend: WATER, SUGAR, APPLE AND STRAWBERRY JUICE CONCENTRATES, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVOR, VITAMIN E ACETATE.
Question: Where is the Kiwi?

I hope this information is of help in how to tell the difference between whole and processed foods.
If you would like more information or would like to talk with me or make an appointment, please call 231-348-0838 or email me at pattonwendy@gmail.com
Have a wonderful day. Dr. Wendy

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