What are whole foods?

What are whole foods?

I get this question a lot.  What are whole foods?  Is it the store?  Yes, there is a store named Whole Foods, but that’s not what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about the food we eat.

Whole foods are simple foods that either come from nature or born from a mamma.  They have not been altered.  Examples of whole foods are fresh veggies, fruits, poultry, fish, or bison.

The best way to tell if you are eating whole foods is to read the ingredient label.  If it is a whole food, it will have one item listed on the ingredients label.  Like when you buy a bag of rice, it is literally just rice.  Nothing else.  Strive to eat foods that have one or limited items listed.  Ideally, we would eat things that only have one ingredient.

As the ingredient list grows the further away it gets from the source.

Another key question you should be asking yourself is, Do you understand the ingredients?  So many foods sold today are loaded with fillers, preservatives, and other stuff we really don’t need.

Most of those extra ingredients cause our body inflammation and imbalance in our gut.

Here are a few ingredients I found on labels that were marketed with works like “Whole Grains” or “Reduced Sugar”.

  • Tripotassium Phosphate
  • Maltodextrin
  • Gellan Gum
  • Ferric orthophosphate
  • Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate

If you google these ingredients, you’ll find they may not cause problems.  You will see comments like, human studies not available or in limited amounts it is safe.

The problem is that most people eat several types of packaged food products in a day.  When you eat a lot of processed foods you get an accumulative effect.

If you don’t know what the ingredient is, chances are that your digestive track will not either.  When we eat foods that are processed and loaded with extra fillers our digestive track gets upset and inflamed.

The food industry has made a business in creating foods that taste good and make people’s lives easier.  We all want food that tastes good but at what cost?  Your Health?  Whole foods taste good and are welcomed by the body.

Take a look in your pantry and read your ingredients.  Better yet, read them before buying them.  If you can’t pronounce them don’t buy them!

Try getting back to basics.  Avoid packaged foods and quick fixes.  Buy real whole ingredients that you know what you are getting.  Your body will thank you!


  1. Everything is very open with a very clear explanation of the challenges. It was truly informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing! Doris Sydney Krum

    1. Hi Doris, I’m glad you liked my post and website. It can be challenging navigating what is healthy. If we get back to basic foods our body can utilize it better than manufactured foods. Cheers, Terri

    1. Noel, although it does make clean up easier, when you heat the tin foil it can leach out metals into the meal you have prepared. Using alternatives without metal is recommended. I use parchment paper and either line my pans or fold it over creating a pocket. There are other products made for wrapping while cooking to eliminate foil contamination. It is better to avoid any potentially harmful toxins from entering our bodies. Thanks for commenting, Terri

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