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I think popcorn is a whole food. However, I will only eat popped-the-od-fashioned-way popcorn, I don't do microwave popcorn.

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Okay... Popcorn? ... Is it a whole food?

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It's called a Stryon pumpkin. The seeds are exactly the same as the ones we get at the health food store.

A month or so ago, we did a bulk order for pepitos at our local health food store. The clerk looked in her book, and she found pepitos from China and from Mexico. We went with the Mexican ones and they were outrageously expensive. So, from now on, we will grow our own or not eat them!

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Hi...What variety of pumpkin is it that has mostly seeds inside? I'd like to plant some! I make a good pumpkin quick bread with chopped pepitos in it. I also, get mine at the health food market, but I wasn't aware that they might come from China!!! I'll have to check on that.

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No, the seeds are green when they are ripe. So you harvest the pumpkin when it's ripe. This variety of pumpkin has very little flesh, the inside is almost all seed.

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When you grow them in your garden, do you just harvest the Pumpkin before the pumpkins are completely ripe -- to get 'green' seeds?

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Pepitos are little green pumpkin seeds. I think they are sometimes called hulless pumpkin seeds. I buy them from the health food store and eat them raw. It's a little bit hard to find ones that aren't grown in China (I avoid food from China). We are growing some in our garden this year, and they do well.

I feel the same way about yogurt and fruit!

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6/10/09 3:42 P

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I've never heard of pepitos. Are they sold in the stores with the other seeds and nuts?

I like Dannon all natural vanilla yogurt... and like to mix fresh fruit in with it. I stay away from the pre-fruited yogurts b/c I understand they basically just have jellies/jams added to them.

When I eat the yogurt with fresh fruit -- I feel like I'm eating healthy and having dessert at the same time -;)

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Hmmm. Good question. I would consider natural yogurt a whole food, but not the flavored ones. And I guess fat-free yogurt wouldn't be a real food, since the fat is taken out.

What's your favorite whole food? I think mine is pepitos, those little green pumpkin seeds.

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Yogurt? Is it a whole food? Does it depend on the type and brand... ie Greek or 'all natural'?

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I strive to eat 80% or more whole foods -- but some days/weeks are better than others.

I know I certainly feel lots better when I'm eating lots better ;)

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I would say that 80 to 90% of what I eat is whole as well. I do a lot of cooking, so that helps. A naturopath told me once that what you eat 80% of the time determines your overall health.

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6/3/09 9:52 A

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I’d say about 85-90 % of what I eat is whole. The things I often eat during the week that are not whole are Fritos; sometimes I have cereal bars, and soy ice cream; once or twice a week I’ll have a Dr. Praeger’s or Morning Star vegan patty for lunch or dinner.

I always recommend that people try to make sure that whole foods make up at least half of the foods they eat. A rule of thumb is, anyone who can say that 50% of their food intake is from whole foods is doing much better than most people.

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Well, I'm glad I can call my homemade bread a whole food! As well as my dehydrated snow peas (I lightly steam them, dehydrate them and then eat them like chips).

New question-what percentage of your food, over the course of a week, would you say is whole?

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I just did a search online and a website that I frequent describes whole foods this way. Whole foods are foods that are:

“unprocessed, unrefined, and can be eaten without any additives or modifications.”

The site used fish as an example. If you bake a fish, it’s still a whole food. Fish sticks would not be a whole food. Read more about it here:

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I agree with Dee on all points. If you dehydrate fruits or veggies, the food is still whole. It no longer is whole if the composition is changed by adding something to it.

I also would agree with Dee that it is still whole even if you cook it. So, if you make bread and you use all whole foods to make it, then the resulting bread is whole.

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I'd say yes. An apple is still 'whole' if all you've done is remove the water from it. (esp if you drink water while eating it -- lol)

And personally, if I made a recipe (bread or whatever) and I used all whole/natural ingredients, I'd consider the dish 'whole'.

When I eat Muesli -- (which contains whole grains, nuts, seeds, raisins, ...) -- I consider it 'whole' b/c all the ingredients are whole.

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Okay, so if I cook a bowl of wheat berries, I'm eating a whole food. But if I grind the wheat berries and turn them into bread, I am not eating a whole food. That seems pretty straightforward.

What if I dehydrate an apple and eat that? Is that a whole food?

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Foods that are in their natural state -- not process, chemically altered, or nutrients removed.

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A whole food is raw, unproccessed, in it's natural state, just harvested with minimal change to it in any way. You can use whole food grains to make bread, but you cannot buy a whole food loaf of bread. You can use whole food ingredients to make a meal, but you cannot buy any meal that is a whole food!! Once you cook, slice, skin, cut, alter the food, it isn't whole any longer.

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Well, I define a whole food as a food or beverage that is natural, as close to it’s original source as possible. Foods that are of an organic nature without preservatives, additives, etc.

Whole foods are important because I strongly believe that they enhance our overall health. There was a point in time when I didn’t know anything about whole foods and when I first went to the market Whole Foods, I thought it was just a name rather than a store that sells whole foods. Once I started eating vegan, that’s when I became aware and interested in my total health and my overall diet.


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Hi, in the interest of sparking some activity here, I want to throw out a couple of questions:

How do you define a whole food?

Why do you think it's important to eat whole foods?

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