It's important to optimize your Vitamins & Minerals (essentially your Micronutrients)...to prevent chronic disease, have healthy children, and age with vitality. And again, I highly want to recommend reading The Perfect Health Diet, as their Micronutrients section is just fascinating! I’m not going to go into too, too much detail here…
As far as being able to burn fat, have good hormone balance & eliminate hunger between meals, Dr. Paul Jaminet writes on their blog:
"If, as I believe, the key to weight loss and curing obesity is eliminating appetite, then it’s important to eliminate any deficiencies of fat-associated micronutrients. Micronutrient deficiencies trigger food cravings, and deficiencies of fat-associated micronutrients will trigger a craving for sweets.
In the modern world, we know how a craving for sweets is likely to be satisfied – by eating sugary, nutrient-poor foods. Unfortunately these foods do not contain the fat-associated nutrients (such as choline) whose deficiency is probably driving the craving. So the craving persists unabated no matter how many sugars are eaten.
…Unsatisfied cravings probably make weight loss extremely difficult.”
Get Micronutrients to satisfy your body's "cravings"
Why *ditching Processed Foods* is so important when it comes to Micronutrients:
Processed Foods contribute to micronutrient deficiencies--as the fast, typically high-heat processing techniques eliminate micronutrients…and, at the same time, “re-fortifying” foods with added synthetic micronutrients has been shown to not be an effective strategy for our health.
Go for Whole Foods with Gentle Cooking Methods…and optimizing your digestion, too:
With food preparation—you want cook things at a low temperature & be able to eat the drippings/cooking water too, since that is where a lot of the vitamins & minerals end up.