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List Of Healthy White Foods And A Great Soup Recipe

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Despite their colour, certain white foods like garlic, cauliflower, onion, coconut products, turnips and parsnips are healthy because of their high phytonutrient content. Cook them appropriately to maximize their health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-viral and detoxification properties. Try out different, easy white-food recipes for a natural detox!

When I grew up in the 1970s, I remember my mom saying to me, “The whiter the bread, the quicker you’re dead.”

At the time, I didn’t quite understand what she was talking about, but now, decades later, it’s clear to me. If we look at our current food supply, there are several foods like table sugar, flour, rice, pasta, bread, marshmallows, and crackers, to name a few that are “white” and unhealthy because they’ve been stripped of nutrients. In all these cases, white is not considered a healing color of purity and detoxification – in fact, just the opposite!

List Of Healthy White Foods

There are, however, some nutritious, healthy white foods which I incorporate into my Whole Detox program. Here are some examples and tips:

1. Cauliflower

It is one of the many cruciferous vegetables that can assist in healthy detoxification processes in the liver, more than half as potent as the “detox superstars,” broccoli and kale. Eating some occasional cauliflower is a good way to add some variety to your cruciferous vegetable intake.

A study in 2007 (Kirsh et al.) found that “high intake of cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli and cauliflower, may be associated with reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer, particularly extraprostatic disease.” Cauliflower has a low glycemic index of 15-30. One of my favorite ways to prepare it is to briefly sauté the florets in extra-virgin olive oil and spices and serve warm.

2. Onions

These gorgeous white orbs are healing and helpful for blood sugar, heart health, and, of course, detox! They contain at least 25 different plant compounds called flavonoids, with one of the most popular ones, known as quercetin, which is a potent antioxidant.

Red onions tend to contain just a bit more of the flavonol phytonutrients than the yellow onions, although there is some variability based on where the onion was grown. Most of those phytonutrients are right below the skin, so do not peel your onions too much! Onions have a very low glycemic index of 10-15.

3. Coconut Milk And Oil

The Whole Detox recipes emphasize coconut oil and coconut milk, primarily because of the content of short and medium-chain fats which are helpful for the healing of the gut, and also because they are quickly burned as fuel by the liver.

Coconut products have a reputation for their anti-microbial and anti-viral effects. One recent study showed that an extra-virgin coconut-containing diet decreased waist size and increased good cholesterol in people with coronary artery disease.

4. Garlic

Garlic is a detox heavy-hitter, much like the other white foods listed here. It has so many medicinal uses, from lowering cholesterol to balancing blood sugar to helping with heart health and blood pressure. When it comes to detox, its sulfur and selenium contents come in handy. Let raw garlic sit after cutting it to maximize the production of protective antioxidants.

5. Turnips And Parsnips

Turnips (low glycemic index for raw form, high for cooked) and parsnips (medium to high glycemic index when cooked) in stews and soups; both provide great opportunities to increase fiber intake, along with a complex array of different plant nutrients that protect the body from oxidative stress damage. Do not overcook them because they will become mushy and their glycemic impact will increase. If you want, you can shred them into your salads as a tasty touch!

So next time you think of “white foods,” know that there are several varieties of foods that are healthy and delicious. When I refer to the colors of foods – yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, and red – I also include “white” in that list. Our human vision may not pick up all the colorless phytonutrients, but they are present and extremely valuable!

Enjoy a complimentary recipe below that uses white foods.

Creamy Spiced Cauliflower Soup (Vegan) With Lamb (Omnivore) – Serves 2

Ingredients

  • ½ pound organic, grass-fed, boneless lamb, cubed (omnivores only)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Pinch of ground coriander
  • Pinch of ground cardamom
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Dash of ground black pepper
  • ½ large head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon cashew nut butter

Directions

  • In a large soup pot set over medium heat, warm the coconut oil.
  • For omnivores, add the lamb and sauté it for several minutes before adding the onion and garlic.
  • Both omnivores and vegans, sauté the onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until the onions become translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the red pepper flakes, cumin, turmeric, coriander, cardamom, salt, and black pepper, and stir the mixture well for about 1 minute.
  • Then add the cauliflower, coconut milk, broth, bay leaf, and cashew nut butter.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer gently for about 15 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender and, for omnivores, the lamb is cooked.
  • Ladle half the soup into a serving bowl and serve it warm.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving

CaloriesProtein (g)Carbs (g)Fat (g)Sat Fat (g)Unsat Fat (g)Fiber (g)
Omnivore5503223402956
Vegan390923332626

References

Dr. Deanna Minich
Star Expert

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-known nutritionist and author with more than twenty years of experience in nutrition, wellness, and healing. Her unique approach to nutrition is derived from a combination of her study in biological and medical science together with ancient medical and spiritual practices. She has had the privilege of being trained in functional medicine by the “father of functional medicine” – Dr. Jeffrey Bland – for over a decade.

Dr. Deanna Minich
Star Expert

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-known nutritionist and author with more than twenty years of experience in nutrition, wellness, and healing. Her unique approach to nutrition is derived from a combination of her study in biological and medical science together with ancient medical and spiritual practices. She has had the privilege of being trained in functional medicine by the “father of functional medicine” – Dr. Jeffrey Bland – for over a decade.