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What are whole foods?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Prolly something really obvious, right? Does it just mean basically cooking from scratch instead of serving up processed crap, or is it more complicated than that?
post #2 of 5
broadly, foods as close to thier natural state as possible. Where the line is seems open to interpretation.
post #3 of 5

From Cynthia Lair's Feeding the Whole Family

"Can I imagine it growing?. . .tough to picture a field of marshmallows. . . A whole food has only one ingredient - itself. . .Is this product 'part' of a food or the 'whole' entity?"

My take on this:

Whole Food not: juice
Why? a fruit that has had its skin and pulped removed.

Whole Food yes: apple
Why? Grows right on the tree - I've gone apple picking and I have to say that an apple picked right off the tree is INCREDIBLE

I've kept this simple, but of course there are degrees of whole, like Clarity said.
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Okay, gotcha! Thanks for the replies.
post #5 of 5
Yeah- I always think of whole food as being in a shape- like an apple or potato- or at least in its original shape before I chop it up and cook it!
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