To be properly nourished, we must use foods that supply our body with all the necessary elements in easily digestible form and exclude all those foods that are incomplete, inadequate, deprived of essential nutrient values, and overtax our digestive and eliminative organs.
The following are some of the foods that must be included in our daily menu if this is to be accomplished:
1. The proteins or tissue-building foods. The foods classified in this category and supplying a high quality protein are: meat, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, soybeans, nuts, and, in lesser amounts, fruits and vegetables.
2. The carbohydrates or the sugars and starches, which provide our body with fuel and energy: bread, cereals, com, potatoes, all the root vegetables such as carrots, beets, parsnips, as well as a great variety of fruits and berries are included in this list.
3. The protective foods or the foods that supply us with an abundance of minerals, vitamins, and enzymes: cabbage, carrots, beets, celery, parsnips, spinach, kale, escarole, dandelion, watercress, broccoli, chicory, green peas, Swiss chard, peppers, as well as all other green and root vegetables.
In addition to making sure that only the simple whole foods be included in our diet, we must also make sure that we pay close attention to the compatibility of the foods we eat. While the question of food compatibility has been the subject of a great deal of controversy and is still far from being clearly understood, it should be evident that the simpler the combinations and the fewer the dishes eaten at any given meal, the less the tax on our digestive system and the greater the benefits derived.
While it is true that nutrition is only one of many factors that contribute to the development of chronic and degenerative diseases, we must not lose sight of the fact that this factor, in the words of Dr. Charles Glen King, plays an important and often dominant role. It should, therefore, be evident that if our health is to be really protected and our life really prolonged, the food we eat and the amount we consume must be given serious consideration.