Nowadays, it is easier than ever to consume unhealthy and processed foods. There are fast food restaurants on almost every corner, and grocery stores are stocked with high-sugar and high-fat snacks. Not only can eating these processed, high-fat foods lead to weight gain and health issues, they can also make you feel crummy. Consuming real food that is chemical-free and rich in nutrients helps to fuel our bodies, resulting in many health benefits. Examples of real and whole food include fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds, eggs, seafood, and meats (from the butcher, not the deli).
Benefits of Real Food
To improve your health and attitude, try filling your plate with real foods. Here are some major benefits of eating nutrient-rich foods.
Low in Sugar- Real food is generally low in sugar and isn’t very sweet, which may help to reduce your risk for obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and more. “But what about fruit?” you ask? While fruit does contain sugar, it is much less concentrated than processed foods and soda and contains fiber which slows the absorption of sugar.
Packed with Nutrients- Unprocessed foods contain vitamins and minerals that are needed for a healthy you! Without these vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, your body may begin to struggle.
Heart-Healthy- Chock full of antioxidants and nutrients, real foods can help support heart health, as well as reduce inflammation, which is believed to be a major factor in heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Great for Skin- While benefiting your overall health, real foods can also nourish and help protect the skin. For example, avocados and dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage, and veggies, fish, and beans may help combat wrinkles.
Interested in filling your diet with real, nutritious foods? Contact Robinson MD in St Petersburg today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robinson. Our custom nutrition and vitamin plans can help you to feel your best!