Nutrition: Why Consuming the Whole Food Matters

I read articles and research almost daily about different nutrients and how they can benefit or hurt our bodies. The thing is, there is a big difference between eating a whole food that contains a certain nutrient and isolating it and taking it by itself. Here is a very good example.

For over 50 years, we’ve been told to avoid foods like red meat and eggs because they increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. They were thought to increase cholesterol which was believed to cause heart attacks and stroke.

Well what happened is that this hypothesis has been proven to be untrue. Studies have found no direct relationship between saturated fat and heart disease and for the majority of the population, dietary cholesterol has no impact on blood cholesterol. So that should have exonerated eggs. Not so fast…

Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) is found in red meat and eggs and higher levels have been associated with heart disease. As with all these theories, it requires a deeper look. While consuming choline (a nutrient in eggs) appears to increase levels of TMAO in the blood, eating whole eggs does not. This recent randomized controlled trial clearly shows that the high choline content of eggs had no impact on blood TMAO levels – only choline bitartrate supplements did.

It’s important to remember that whole food does not have the same impact on our bodies as isolated nutrients. When we eat whole foods, every nutrient that we consume is found within a matrix that includes other nutrients, co-factors, and enzymes, and this matrix is far more important in determining the health impact of a food than any single nutrient that food might contain. Sadly most nutritional studies ignore this important fact. As I have been saying for years – it is food quality that is most important. So let’s focus on that, not just specific, isolated nutrients.

Whole foods trump isolated supplements every time. You can’t improve on the way God created food. Supplements have their place for sure. But they are to supplement a nutrient-dense diet.

How do you get your nourishment – from whole foods or through supplementation?

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8 Responses to Nutrition: Why Consuming the Whole Food Matters

  1. JD Wininger says:

    ‘m always learning. Thank you Ms. Ann. Truly appreciate your truth and candid wisdom ma’am.

  2. debwilson2 says:

    Ann, I may have asked you before, but I like organic cream in my hot tea. What do you think of that? Any new data on cream? Some say avoid animal products. But I like your approach to eat whole foods.

  3. Holly Scherer says:

    Whole food all the way!

    I’ve read similar studies about the sugar in fruit. It acts very differently than other sugars.

  4. Pingback: Vitamin D3: Why Supplementation is Necessary | 3-D Vitality

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