What is wholefood nutrition?
Whole food nutrition is more than „health-maintaining nutrition“. Whole food nutrition considers the effects of nutrition on health, environment and society, in contrast to the usual approach in nutrition science, which has so far mainly used health aspects such as nutrient content and hygienic-toxicological aspects.
Definition of wholefood nutrition
„Whole food nutrition is a predominantly lacto-vegetarian diet in which low-processed foods are preferred. Healthful foods are prepared into enjoyable meals. The main foods used are whole grains, vegetables and fruits, potatoes, legumes and milk and dairy products, as well as small amounts of meat, fish and eggs.“
Approximately half of the food consists of unheated fresh food. The preparation is done gently and with little fat from fresh foods. Foods with additives are avoided. In addition to the health compatibility of the diet, the environmental compatibility and the social compatibility of the food system are also taken into account.
Among other things, this means using only products from recognized organic farms and giving preference to products of regional origin and seasonal produce. Furthermore, unpackaged or environmentally friendly packaged foods are preferred and environmentally compatible products and technologies are used.
In addition, preference is given to agricultural products that are produced, processed and marketed under socially acceptable conditions (u.a. Fair Trade with Developing Countries).
With whole food nutrition, high quality of life – especially health – protection of the environment and social justice are to be promoted worldwide.“ (Koerber u.a., Wholefood nutrition, Heidelberg 1993, S. 22).
The definition makes clear:
There is no such thing as „wholefoods“ but only a wholefood diet. Whole foods nutrition does not necessarily mean a vegetarian diet, although meat consumption should not be a priority.
In the context of the full spectrum nutrition the enjoyment value of the food and meals is given a high value. Whole food nutrition avoids prohibitions, but instead usually gives positive advice.
Organic farming and wholefood nutrition belong together
Bioland supports the goals of wholefood nutrition, as the high quality of Bioland products can be best utilized with this dietary approach. Ultimately, organic farming and wholefood nutrition both pursue holistic goals, their considerations only start at different points – organic farming in the production and wholefood nutrition in the preparation and consumption of the food.
(As of August 1998)
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