3D Healthy food – food that tends to promote personal, community, and carrots_celery_web environmental health

Diet – what we eat and drink

GMOs (genetically modified organisms) – plants or animals that have had genes from one or more other organisms inserted into their DNA, altering how they grow and what they contain

  • Examples: the vast majority of corn, soy, cotton, and canola grown in the U.S.
  • Exceptions: most other whole foods and certified organic foods

Made with Respect – produced with appreciation for how people, animals, soil, and other resources are treated

Quality fat – fat from nuts, seeds, avocados, some fish, and unrefined oils, most notably extra virgin olive oil Fats_web

Refined carbohydrates – flour and sugar that has been processed in ways removing fiber or other key parts

  • Examples: enriched wheat flour, wheat flour, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup
  • Exceptions: whole rolled oats, whole wheat flour, other whole flours

Refined oils – oils produced using chemicals or heat, prolonging “shelf life” by changing chemical structures or removing useful nutrients

  • Examples: Canola, palm, cottonseed, soybean, or vegetable oil, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
  • Exceptions: extra virgin olive oil, oils labeled “unrefined” or “cold-pressed”

Whole foods – foods that are themselves typically the only ingredient and are minimally processed

  • Examples: fruits, vegetables, nuts, unprocessed meats, beans, whole rolled oats
  • Exceptions: most packaged foods, pastries, fried foods, foods marked “reduced fat” or “reduced calorie”