Why We Should Avoid Processed Foods
What are processed foods?
A processed food is anything packaged in boxes, cans or bags. Process foods often contain additives artificial flavors and other chemical ingredients. Things like artificial food coloring, dyes, excess sodium, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, sugars, aspartame, and GMOs are all examples of additives that go into processed foods.
Unfortunately process foods are more common then you think. Some grocery stores are loaded with shelves and shelves and isles and isles of processed foods. You might not have thought about it but here are a few examples of process foods:
- Canned Foods
- Sugary Cereals
- Deli Meats
- Fast Foods
What are some of the ingredients in processed foods?
People often overlook is what really goes into the foods they eat. One of the biggest problems with processed foods are all the extra ingredients. Most of the time people don’t know what they are or what they can do to them.
Here are a few additives we should all avoid:
- Baked Goods
- Fried Foods
- Powdered Drink Mixes
- Sugar Substitutes
- Yogurts (some)
- Diet Sodas
- Sugar Free Products
- Sugary Cereals
- Drink Mixes
- Baked Goods
Dangers of processed foods
The dangers of processed foods are quite numerous. Some of the health risk include:
- Heart Attacks
Several studies and reports have shown numerous ingredients in process foods leading to health risks and disorders.
- A 2011 study published in Lancet Journal, showed a diet free of processed foods showed a reduction in the symptoms of ADHD in 4-8 year old children. The reduction in symptoms was as great as 78%nThis 5-week study involving 100 subjects found that 63% of them experienced a relapse in ADHD symptoms upon re-introduction of processed foods into the diet.
- A 2010 Report named “Food Dyes A Rainbow Of Risk” showed Citrus Red 2, Red 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Blue 2 and Green 3, — which include some of the most commonly used synthetic food dyes — have been identified as being, or being contaminated with, potential cancer-causing chemicals.
- A 2006 Study “Trans Fatty Acids and Coronary Heart Disease” Found that trans fatty acids from partially hydrogenated oils may be responsible for between 30,000 and 100,000 premature coronary deaths per year in the United States.
The benefits of going O’natural
When shopping for food it is best to go as natural as possible. The more natural a food the higher amount and quality of vitamins and minerals it will contain. The more processed a food is, the more it will lack in things like vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and types of fibers.
When it comes to buying foods remember “Less is best!” This simply means the less ingredients a food has the healthier it will be for you. If you are buying broccoli then the only ingredient should be broccoli. If you buy broccoli and it contains broccoli plus six other ingredients your not sure about, avoid it!
Look to see what truly is the main ingredient in a food. Look at a packaged food and determine the first ingredient. Whatever that is will be what is in the most abundance in the product. If this is something other than what is intended to be in the package beware!
Another good rule is “If you cant pronounce it …don’t buy it!” Honestly, if a food has a ingredient list on it you can not pronounce, it probably will not benefit you in any way health-wise.
If you’re trying to lead a healthy lifestyle, stay away from processed foods. What exactly constitutes processed food? Processed foods are foods that have been altered from their natural state. Have you ever wondered why a pre-packaged food stays fresh for months, when the same food made from scratch grows moldy in just day. Food manufacturers use man-made ingredients that prolong a product’s shelf life. Unfortunately, they may have the opposite effect on peoples’ health.
If you can’t identify these ingredients in your foods, cut processed foods out of your diet. And although most people know processed foods are not the healthiest options for them, they may not realize how dangerous to a person’s health they can be.