If you want to live a long and prosperous life, you need to consider the fuel you put into your body. I was once told by my athletic trainer that our bodies are like sports cars. You need to put in the proper fuel to get out performance. The same analogy applies to what you eat every day.
Examples of whole foods are fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, etc. The bad fuel, processed foods, include things like ketchup, name brand cereals, ramen noodles, ice cream, and plenty more. So what are the benefits of eating whole foods on a regular basis? Here are a few for fun!
Digestion: Your body is use to breaking down whole foods. There weren't processed foods 2000 years ago, thus it puts stress on your digestive system when you don't eat as healthy. It can also lead to inflammation and that lethargic feeling that usually follows the consumption of processed foods.
Nutrient Value: Whole foods have a high level of molecular organization, resulting in higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, omegas, and more. Once you begin applying enough heat, you alter the molecular make up of fatty acids and proteins in an unfavorable way that is unnatural for your body to digest.
Risk of Disease Decreases: Studies have shown that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables can reduce your chances of getting cancer by about 35% (Voorrips, 2000). They also lower heart disease, bad cholesterol, and much more. That's enough to convince me!
Obviously, it's important to have everything in moderation or we would never enjoy life. With that said, you should try to always put the right fuel in your body, so that you always perform at your best!