Natural foods are foods that are as close to how nature created them with little or no alteration or intervention. Eating Natural Foods allows the most nutrients into your body without the addition of chemicals which promotes healthier body function.
Natural foods are foods that are minimally processed and do not include ingredients such as:
- refined sugars
- refined flours
- milled grains
- hydrogenated oils
- artificial colors or flavorings
Sucanat, stevia, raw honey, agave syrup and maple syrup are sweeteners often used in place of white sugar in a natural foods diet. Sea salt is also preferred over table salt.
Proponents of natural foods diets argue that refined ingredients promote obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.