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Why We All Should Eat Real Foods
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Let's talk about real food here today. First of all, what is real food? It's all the foods that consist of one ingredient, are unprocessed, free of chemicals, and rich in nutrients. This is what our ancestors ate for thousands of years and opposite from what we are eating today. Processed foods are easy to make and fast to prepare, but most of them have no benefits for our health.

We all know that we are what we eat, so following a real food diet might be the best thing we can do for ourselves and our well-being.

Let's take a look at why we all should eat real foods:

1. Nutritional Value

All unprocessed foods have more vitamins and nutrients than their processed relatives. Just a cup of red bell pepper, broccoli, and orange slices have 100% of your daily vitamin C recommendation. Eggs and liver have a huge amount of choline for your brain, while just one Brazilian nut supplies all the selenium you need daily.

No processed food will beat any of that.

2. Low sugar

Excessive amounts of sugar can lead to obesity, diabetes, and liver and heart diseases. As we know, all processed foods are loaded with added sugar and corn syrup.

All real foods are low in sugar and don't contain any artificially added kind. Fruit have water and fiber besides naturally occurring sugar, so eat on guilt-free.

3. Good for heart

Real food has heart-healthy antioxidants, magnesium, and healthy fats that can also decrease inflammations.

4. Good for nature

Our planet is at the brink of being overpopulated and experience shortage of food. To produce food for all the people rainforests are getting destroyed at an alarming rate, pesticides are abused, greenhouse gasses are produced at unsustainable rate, and landfills are overflowing with waste.

Sustainable agriculture of real foods might help to stop our environmental crisis and protect our earth for generations to come. This can happen because of lower energy requirements for food production and less plastic waste

5. Fiber

Fiber is good for digestion, metabolism, and appetite suppression.

Eating avocados, chia seeds, flax seeds, blackberries, legumes, and beans will supply required healthy fiber. You won't have to take any chemical supplements ever again.

6. Controlling blood sugar

More and more people are suffering from diabetes today with numbers projected to rise as processed foods are taking over.

Unprocessed animal foods and diet rich in fiber can help fight diabetes. Various studies have proved that fruits, veggies, fresh lean meat, fish, eggs, and nuts reduce blood sugar naturally and fast.

7. Skin benefits

Real foods or Paleo diet can help caring for your skin too. Consuming dark chocolate and avocados can reduce sun damage. Vegetables, fish, beans, and olive oil consumption helps fighting aging signs and retain skin elasticity. Such diet helps reduce acne for those suffering from this problem.

8. Lower triglycerides

Sugar and refined carbs cause triglycerides to rise, while fatty fish, lean meats, vegetables, and nuts reduce them.

9. Food variety

The more diverse foods you can consume, the better it is for your health. Real foods offer that various meats, fish, dairy products, fruits, nuts, veggies, legumes, and whole grains will make sure that you will never be bored while feeling good about your diet.

Also consider including kefir, chia seeds, squash, and quinoa in your healthy cooking recipes.

10. Budget-friendly foods

Real foods are cheaper than processed ones in a long run. Even though initial purchase price might be a bit more expensive, the reduced cost for your healthcare and medical bills definitely pays off in the future.

For example, people with diabetes pay 2.3 times more for health care than non-diabetic people.

11. Healthy fats

Most fats in real foods are healthy and non-saturated. Virgin olive oil, coconut oil, fatty fish, avocados, nuts, seeds, and whole-milk dairy products are great sources of oleic acid and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that are very beneficial for your heart health and weight loss.

12. Lower disease risk

Mediterranean diet is a good example of real food diet and it has been proven to reduce risks of many modern diseases. People from that region live the longest and diet is an important part of that.

Diets loaded with fruit and vegetables tend to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

13. Antioxidants

Antioxidants help a body fight free radicals that cause diseases like cataracts and muscular degeneration. Eating lots of plant based foods and unprocessed animal foods will provide your body with enough antioxidants.

14. Gut-healthy foods

Real foods aid your digestion system with good bacteria because they are natural prebiotics. Garlic, asparagus, and cocoa also help to control blood sugar.

15. Appetite suppressing

Processed foods are known to encourage overeating due to elevated levels of sugar and fat. Real foods act differently you will feel full faster and stop consuming all those unhealthy flavorings and sugars.

16. Reduced sugar cravings

Processed food makers are obsessed with insane amounts of sugar everywhere because that's what keeps people addicted and coming back. Real foods make those sugar cravings go away letting you enjoy the food taste as nature intended.

17. Great example for others

Once you adjust to healthy eating, lose weight, and feel good, your friends and family will notice and might start making positive changes in their own lifestyle.

18. No more fad diets

People try various diets to lose weight, but all the extremes lead to nothing but short-lived results. Good nutrition and real foods are a lot more than just diet, so you can start focusing on your life instead of obsessing about what you put in your mouth. Weight will come off naturally while you will be leading a healthier lifestyle thanks to real unprocessed foods.

No processed food will beat any of that.

19. Help local farmers

19. Local farmers need your help to be able to survive and compete with giant corporations. Buy from local farmer markets and support sustainable agriculture and local economy.

20. Taste benefits

Finally, real food is delicious! Once you get used to natural flavors, chemical taste of sugary fast-foods won't be attractive any longer.

Combine that with exercise, reduced stress, and healthy relationships to lead a healthy and wholesome life.
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