Nutrition Weekly: All About Processed Foods!
The definition of a processed food can sometimes vary, however a processed food is typically something found in a bag, box, or can and has been chemically processed or genetically modified. These foods are NOT natural and you would never find them as they are sold in the grocery store in nature.These foods normally contain additives, artificial flavoring, and many other chemicals. They have no nutritional value.
Food processing is any deliberate change in a food that occurs before it is available to us to eat. Oftentimes, food is processed to preserve shelf life. While processed foods are often considered to be harmful to one’s health, they do provide certain benefits. Some methods including pasteurization help to kill harmful bacteria and in turn make the food safer. However, processed foods have added salts, sodium, chemically-made unhealthy fats, preservatives, and more, which all have a harmful effect on one’s health. Also, these foods are typically stripped of their fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants, all of which benefit one’s health and prevent disease. There seems to be more harm done in processed foods than good and it would be best to avoid such products when possible.
How to tell if food is processed or not:
The longer the ingredient list is, the more likely it is to be processed. Processed foods are normally found in the center aisles of the grocery store (hence why it’s always recommended that we shop the outside perimeter!). Processed foods are more likely to contain ingredients you don’t recognize or would never have in your kitchen.
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Dangers of Processed Foods:
Processed foods are much more dangerous than what most people think. A few of the side effects of processed food are that they often contain phosphates that destroy bones and organs, cause chronic inflammation, ruin digestion, are loaded with GMOs (genetically modified organisms), are loaded with pesticides, and they are also extremely addictive. Processed foods have also been associated with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Read the article here about the dirty secrets of the food processing industry.
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