May 2012 Issue
Choose Whole Foods First, from Grains to Fruits
Eat more whole, minimally processed foods. Thats the advice youll get from most nutrition experts today. Thats because these foodswhich are in their most natural formare usually rich in all of the good stufffiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and low in all of the bad stuff: Saturated fat, trans fats, sodium, and added sugars. For example, when you refine a grain, as is done with white flour, you strip off its nutrient-rich outer coating; and when you create highly processed snack foods like chips or cookies, they often contain added salt, sugar, and fats.
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