Wholefood Plant-Based Whole Foods
Posted Friday, July 11, 2014 at 6:06 AM
We hear a lot about oil in the wholefood plant-based movement. Oil is not a whole food by any stretch of the imagination, hence very low micro-nutrient content and, perhaps most importantly, no fiber. And this is before we even get to the ethical issues. However, I notice there are some other foods which have also been stripped of (most if not all of) their fibre (and micro-nutrients) which nevertheless feature pretty heavily in whole-food plant-based recipes. I'm not saying these foods are evil. But then again I'm not saying that they're not evil. In other words, what I'm not saying is that they're evil or not evil. But I have a hunch that they may be sabotaging some people's health or weightloss, so I thought I would list them here:
Fruit Juice Concentrates
Tofu (yes unfortunately tofu is basically just coagulated soy milk, so most of the fibre has been removed)
You get the idea
Of course I don't claim to avoid all those foods all of the time. Some of them don't even exist, so it would be literally impossible to avoid them. But most of them do exist. And when I avoid them, I always get results.
If a recipe calls for milk, I simply take some nut butter and blend it with water (and maybe some dried fruit if sweetness is needed). That way it has all the original fiber (albeit in a slightly less robust form) along with the vitamins and minerals. I can even do that at work by simply mixing it together with a spoon.
Also, avocados. They're a whole food, but it's only modern transport that makes them available all over the world all year round. I always advise my clients: "only eat avocados in your country's avocado season." Of course some of my clients ask me why I, an accountant, am giving them advice about nutrition. The thing is there's really no rule that says accountants can't give out nutritional advice. Not in the accountancy regulations anyway. There's probably something about it in the dietetic regulations, but I'm an accountant, not a dietician.
Anyway, does anyone have any thoughts on that list ?