10. Refined Foods are Lacking…

Refined and processed foods are rich in fat and calories and deliver low level nutrition compared to the whole foods from which they were made.

In “white-food- diets”, bones atrophy and bowels, menses, heart and arteries, kidneys and other organs, and their processes, tend to malfunction and become obstructed.

Refined foods are basically fiberless, loaded with refined sugars and salt, and most contain hydrogenated vegetable oils, excess fat and chemical food additives. 

Fiber is important

Fiber is an important but indigestible food component. After fat, carbohydrate, and protein have been digested, dietary fiber remains in the colon where it helps to guard against constipation by increasing the volume and fluid content of stool.

Some types of fiber, like oat wheat bran, the pectin in apples and grapes, and the guar gum in beans, may lower elevated blood cholesterol.

Fiber may also work with certain bacteria to manufacture chemicals that inhibit the formation of cancer cells in the colon.

The National Cancer Institute recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day but the average American only consumes about 12. 

It’s difficult to figure how much dietary fiber a particular food supplies us, so it is best to eat at least 3 to 5 servings of fruits and 5 servings of vegetables per day.  Unprocessed grains and cereals, and dried peas and beans are among the best low-fat sources of fiber and protein.

Synthetic fibers that the refined food industry has been adding to their foods merely boost appeal to those who are concerned about their dietary health however, in no way can these synthetic fibers compare to natural dietary fibers of whole foods.

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