(Closed) Whole foods, not processed, burns more calories.

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It definitely makes sense that whole foods take more energy to digest, but how much energy does digestion take relative to other energy expenditure?  (I totally agree that whole foods are healthier, but sometimes get touchy because I’ve found that if I ONLY eat whole foods I actually feel worse physically – sometimes my body really needs the easy energy.)

And totally off topic, but the link is from the Pomona website – did you go there?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Hmmmm that is really interesting!  For me however, I think whole foods might actually be too much work! I want to eat a gluten free vegan hippy whole food diet, but figuring out a diet that works with my Crohn’s is very hard!  It seems a lot of times that whole foods really are just too much for my already taxed digestive system.  I definitely support other people with normal intestines to eat as whole as possible!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@lefeymw:  Ah, thought it was worth a shot.  There are not so many of us Pomona alums around.

I actually do mostly have fruit for quick-energy snacks, but I actually sometimes find that white rice or pasta actually sits better with me than eating whole unprocessed grains three meals a day. 

Though I think the biggest draw of eating less processed foods is that after awhile heavily processed, artificial foods just aren’t appealing.  I think it would take me a lot more willpower at this point to eat a twinkie than to avoid eating one.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Tunacupcakes:  Oh, I almost mentioned in my comment a friend of mine who has severe Crohn’s.  I totally feel for you – she can’t eat any fruits or vegetables or any unprocessed grains – any concentrated amount of fiber sends her straight into intestinal surgery.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Oh god! The poor thing! Can she do fruit mushes? I sometimes eat an apple pear fruit mush for breakfast. Yum!  Yeah, Im working hard to not get to that point myself. It can be hard since people with Crohns needs all the nutrients they can get, but we often have to avoid the nutritious food that would supply us with needed elements! lol About the study. I guess this goes along with what many people say about  not all calories are created equal.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Tunacupcakes:  you know, I’m not sure.  I think that may be OK in limited amounts, and when she’s doing well she can have small servings of cooked but not raw veggies.  I remember her being very excited at one point because her doctor told her it was OK to have a tablespoon of hummus.  It’s definitely difficult for her to manage trying to be healthy nutritionally with staying out of the hospital.

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