Foods are called wholesome all the time. Based on how we hear this term used in marketing and advertising, it could reasonably seem to some that the term "wholesome" can mean whatever you want it to mean, like "good" or "best" does now in marketing. When we really think about it, or ask any health professional, dietary or nutritional specialist, school teacher, grandparent, and especially parents, wholesome has a real meaning that should not be used in any context to describe any meal. When it is used everywhere, it is up to us as consumers to know the difference. I will discuss this difference in this article.
-What is a nutrient:
Technically, fat and sugar are nutrients, since they provide basic building blocks and raw energy that our bodies need. One might get away with calling french fries nutritious, even though we never use the term in that technical sense. It must mean more when we use it (not to mere be food of some kind).
The Basic Food Groups Vs Junk Food
Virtually everyone knows that food could either "part of a balanced diet" (although that phrase is quite abused these days, as well) or else junk food. Most people could easily identity juice vs soda pop, or an apple vs potato chips. Also, the majority of people know that grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy, and meat are key elements. Now, some countries the "food pyramids" (or similar ideas) that include use of sweets and oils, used sparingly. Presumably, this change from the four food groups is a recognition of what most people will actually eat. Does this meat candy and deep fried foods are now a part of a wholesome diet? Will things ever be so upside-down that we will think so. i certainly hope not. The thought alone is chilling.
The Real Wholesome:
There is a ton of conventional wisdom about counts as a wholesome meal, as well as governmental guidelines. Much of this is sound advice, although there are a number of key tips and terms that will help even more.
Eat whole grains not refined starches:
The basic wisdom is to eat a balanced meal, basically following the food pyramid, so that one gets all basic nutrients and a good balance of vitamins and minerals. When we really focus on wholesome meals, we focus on a bit more.
First, try to eat mostly whole grains. these will offer more dietary fibre, in general, as well as being lower on the "glycemic index" (it is healthier to eat foods that covert into glucose/ blood sugar at a controlled rate and not in a huge "sugar spike" that can case a whole host of health problems which are beyond the scope of this article, and covered fairly well elsewhere.).
Second, eating fresh fruit and vegetables will provide the most vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
Finally, fried foods (especially deep fried foods) will almost always have too much fat. Some fat is good and necessary, but you want to eat poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats (such as vegetable fats), not saturated fats (don't worry if you are a meat eater, just try to eat mostly lean cuts, and fight the urge to bacon-binge;). The worst is hydrogenated fat or "partially-hydrogentated fats.
Essentially, look to eat meals that are comprised of a good balance of healthy foods. Seek to maintain this balance in your snacks and even when you eat out. From now on, be aware that when you see an advertisement for a wholesome meal, it absolutely may be horrible for you. That will not stop the label abuse. The most famous fast food companies in the world are having a happy time doing this right now. Look at it (or look up the nutritional label), make up your own mind with care it is your health. It is the health of your family. You have a choice.