White carbohydrates include legumes like soybeans and lentils, whole grains products such as bread, pasta, noodles and rice as well as the potato tuber (the swollen storage area of the plant’s root).
These vilified white carbohydrate have been the staple of civilization.
White crops provide essential fuel to sustain life.
It is not the plant that is the problem, it is the way it is made available. Avoid heavily processed grains in favor of whole grains.
Included in the white food groups are dairy and egg products.
The American staples of milk, eggs and cheese are important foods that contribute to good health. They are rich in calcium and protein.
Certified organic, free-range, and grass-fed are good terms to have on packaging. This of course can be meaningless if there is no standard.
White is an arbitrary group which I have made the recipient of a diverse group of highly nutritious foods.
In it I have placed grains, grasses and oil as well as legumes and dairy.
White foods share the trait of being great sources of fuel.
Some are complete foods that contain all the nutrients, carbohydrates, protein and fat needed by the body as well as the essential vitamins and minerals needed to carry out metabolic reactions.
Legumes (beans, peas. soybeans, and lentil are important sources of protein as well as carbohydrate.
They share the common trait with oil, grains and grasses as having high calorie energy stores.
Fats and oils should be viewed as colorless foods because they lack phytopigments and only bring calories and fat to the table. That is, with the exception of olive oil, which is a great green food.
Garlic and mushrooms are also grouped in the White section, but that is because you can never have enough of each. Garlic and herbs are covered in detail throughout site.
Their importance to health is based on the phytochemicals they contain not their energy stores. These micro-compounds are essential to good health.
Garlic is king of healing.
White phytopigments boost immunity, speeds the repair of damaged tissue and helps remove harmful toxins.
Detoxification or elimination diets, which are often used to restore balance in unhealthy patients, requires a healthy liver. Liver or hepato-health is essential to overall good health. Liver protection is aided by the herbs, Milk Thistle and Picroliv, two specialized herbs whose antioxidants target the liver and protect it while it betoxifies drugs.
Grains include corn, wheat, barley, buckwheat
Soybeans and lentils are especially valuable white foods because they, in addition to their energy and antioxidant content, soy beans are a good source of protein.
White foods have been made scapegoats by the low carbohydrate fanatics who only talk about high glycemic carbohydrates when they demonize carbohydrates. Too much of any one nutrient is probably unhealthy. And so is too little.
Moderation and balance are the keys to good health. A sound diet incorporates complex carbohydrates and essential fats.