May 2012 Issue

Choose Whole Foods First, from Grains to Fruits

Eat more whole, minimally processed foods.” That’s the advice you’ll get from most nutrition experts today. That’s because these foods—which are in their most natural form—are usually rich in all of the “good” stuff—fiber, 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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