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The Benefits of Healthy Whole Foods

What's the difference between whole foods and processed foods?

The Cost of Whole Foods continued...

But Gidus stresses that you don't need to cut out all processed foods.  The goal is just to decrease the number of processed foods you eat and increase the proportion of healthy whole foods. That isn't hard, especially when it comes to snacks.  The next time need something to tide you over, eat a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit instead.  It's no harder than reaching for an energy bar -- you'll even be spared the labor of unwrapping it.

The other key to a healthy diet is variety.  It's easy to get caught up in the details -- the nutritional value of specific healthy whole foods, and exactly how much you need of each.  But Gidus and Kaiser say the best advice is to relax and just eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Not only is it simple, but it's the best way to be sure you're getting all the nutrients you need.

"After some research into this, my husband decided that the smartest thing he could do was eat as many fruits and vegetables as he could stand every day," says Kaiser.  "That's not very scientific, but it isn't bad advice."

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Reviewed on May 12, 2009

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