We’ve all heard this before but for some reason we think it couldn’t possibly apply to nutrition. We’ve all heard how we should make sure we get ‘enough fiber’ and vitamins & minerals. We discuss these fractions as if they’re more important than the whole, but science is proving exactly the opposite.
‘Vitamins’ in foods work in conjunction with all the other elements of their packages to provide sound nutrition. It’s like taking the hands of a clock and assuming they could tell time without all the other components of a clock – it doesn’t work! We need all the components of a clock to make tick-tocking happen & all the components of a cherry to properly absorb the nutrition it contains! Fiber is present in 100% whole plant foods – there is no fiber in animal foods.
This excerpt below from nutritionstudies.org sheds light on healthy populations and how their approach to nutrition is different to ours. To read more click on the link below.
“Healthy, trim, long-lived populations eat diets dominated by whole plant foods with small amounts of meat and fish and little to no processed junk. These people don’t need or care to know that the monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil raise HDL levels or that dairy calcium improves bone density.”
Modern science is supporting this simplicity and points to whole plant foods as the only crucial puzzle piece we need to understand! And that’s good, fail-proof news: we don’t need to know how much fiber is in our food or what foods have the most vitamin C when we eat a whole food plant based diet. A healthy plant based diet naturally gets 100% of the necessary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B12 is an issue for both omnivores and plant based populations due to our declining soil health so that’s our one consideration, along with vitamin D which has been shown to be best absorbed by the body from sunlight. Therefore our ideal healthy diet is amazingly, remarkably simple and powerfully health promoting!