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Many of us don't get the proper nutrients we need. But that is no thanks to the confusing food labels at supermarkets which lead us to believe that added ingredients can turn a not-so-healthy product into a heart-healthy food. Here are some definitions that can assist you in getting the proper nutrients.
- Whole Foods - Means that the product has not been modified in any way whatsoever, such as produce, fish, meat and whole grains. These foods are more nutrient dense and should top your grocery list.
- Refined Foods - Foods that are processed, such as wheat when it gets turned into white flour. Nutrients are often lost during the processing.
- Enriched Foods - The nutrients lost during processing has been added back in. For example, the B vitamins in wheat get lost when it is processed into flour. Adding B vitamins back in classifies the flour as "enriched" and enriched foods should be avoided.
- Fortified Foods - These foods don't have nutrients that occur naturally, so they are added during processing. Certain fortified foods are good for our health, such as flour with added folic acid, milk with vitamin D, and salt with iodine.
- Enhanced Plant-Based Foods - These foods have been genetically modified.