Processed Foods

Today we’re learning all about processed foods and their dangerous side-effects. We are also going to be talking about some healthier alternatives!

Now, you might be wondering, “What are processed foods?”

Well, processed foods are basically “food-like products” that have been broken down, altered and refined, then reassembled in order to create a much more marketable product with a longer shelf life, and a much lower cost. These foods are generally found in your supermarket in brightly colored cardboard boxes, plastic packaging, and aluminum cans, and usually always have a very lengthy nutritional label.

Processed Foods are nutritionally deficient. This is because they are not real food, or even made up of real food ingredients. That’s why you’ll often see the packaging stating that the product is “Fortified”, “Enriched”, “Sugar-free”, “Low-fat”, or even “Diet”. When in reality, the only things that are actually added in are harmful toxins, chemicals and preservatives, and the product is often made up of GMO’s, or Genetically Modified Ingredients.

So now let’s talk about some well known, or popular processed food items.
These are foods like: frozen pizzas and entrees, or microwaveable foods, canned goods, margarine, fast food, hot dogs and deli meats, breakfast cereals and bars, crackers, chips, and soda, or any other food with a very lengthy ingredient list. Sometimes these foods are hard to point out, and that’s why it’s so important to learn to read nutritional labels. Some red flag ingredients that you’ll want to keep an eye out for are: Hydrogenated vegetable oils (especially cottonseed, soybean, and corn), high fructose corn syrup, enriched grains or flours, artificial dies and colors, artificial flavors, and SALT. Some other things that you’ll want to be able to identify are aspartame, MSG, thickening agents, binders, fillers, and any other additives.

I often get asked, “what are the side effects and dangers of processed foods?” Well, there really are so many dangerous side effects of consuming these foods, but especially when it’s done on a regular basis. This is because are bodies simply do not recognize processed foods as real foods! That’s why they have been shown to cause: High amounts of inflammation in the body, bad cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, low energy levels, obesity and diabetes, severe skin conditions such as acne and eczema, immune and digestive system disorders, and even learning disabilities in children and adults.

Now that we know what processed foods actually are, and some of their dangerous side-effects, let’s talk about what foods we should be eating. We should be eating whole foods! Whole foods are real food with only 1 ingredient.  These are foods such as beans, nuts and seeds, whole grains and mushrooms, fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, and free-range chicken and eggs.

Some really great alternatives to refined sugars and sweeteners are vanilla beans, pure honey, dates, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, stevia leaf powders, and fruits such as bananas, apples, figs and raisins.

The best alternative to regular table salt or iodized salt is Pure Himalayan Sea Salt, which has 84 minerals and elements that are in fact beneficial to health and wellness.

The bottom line is, stay as far away from processed foods as you can, and start to choose whole foods.

You will soon be on your way to a much healthier life!

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