You’ve been robbed! If you’re eating food that’s been processed and refined, you’ve been swindled out of all the good stuff in food.
It’s a terrible development, but it’s true. We took out the nourishing things in food, leaving our shelves filled with food that’s empty of nutrition.
As whole food nutritionists and researchers, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, Ph D, explain in the beginning of their cookbook, Nourishing Traditions, “In no period of our history as a nation have Americans been so concerned about the subject of diet and nutrition. Yet… in no period of our history as a nation have Americans eaten so poorly.”
Despite being a wealthy nation, we’re literally starving. Despite the fact our waistlines are growing, our nutrition has declined. russian grocery store
And the simplest way to explain this paradox is by understanding more about the whole foods we gave up over the course of generations in favor of processed, weak, and empty food. Ironically enough, historically people gave up whole foods as they gained wealth. Whole, unprocessed foods were associated with poverty while refined foods were associated with privilege.
However, now we’re learning that we got the raw end of the deal when we traded in whole foods for refined ones. We literally gave away the gold in food. Because when we gave up these “primitive” forms of food, we gave up scores of nutrients we needed to thrive.
What Is A Whole Food?
What is whole food? Whole food is food that is minimally processed or refined. It has most of its edible parts intact. Whole foods include molasses or Rapidura sugar as opposed to white sugar… whole wheat flour instead of white flour… brown, black or rose rice instead of white rice.
When we refine foods, it usually means we’re removing the more complex-tasting, sometimes harder to digest but nutritionally rich parts of the food. With grains like rice and wheat, it means removing the outer bran and germ. These parts of the grains give us vitamin E, healthy fats and protein. When removed, we lose as much as 25% of the grain’s protein along with at least 17 nutrients, according to the Whole Grain Council. 
And while usually we think of whole foods with regards to grains, it happens throughout our food system.
Sugar processors bleach off the iron in dehydrated cane sugar and molasses.
With fruits, we often settle for only the sugary juice, removing the fiber-rich pulp. Additionally, many fruit juices are pasteurized at high heats, robbing you even more of nutrients in fruits.