I am talking about two different things here: unrefined food
and organically grown food. But in a very important way, they
are really one. To illustrate, let's take the example of organically
grown unbleached wheat flour, an ingredient commonly found
in "natural" foods. Being organically grown, there are no
agricultural chemical residues, and there are no residues
from the bleaching process. That's good -- certainly an improvement
over ordinary bleached flour and over non-organic unbleached
flour too. But this is not a food that's good enough to be
considered a foundation for good nutrition. It's a refined
food, which means that all sorts of things you need in order
to be well-nourished have been removed.
Did you notice that in the paragraph above I put the word
"natural" in quotes as it refers to organically
grown unbleached wheat flour? That's because even though it's
unbleached, it's still white flour, and white flour isn't
natural. For me, this brings up another subject that I'll
include in this chapter: The need for reformation in
natural foods stores. There are way too many things these
days in natural foods stores that are "natural"
in name only -- I know because that's where we buy all our
food, and I'm an insider.
more to come