Processed foods

Are ALL Processed Foods Bad?

Processed foods

When it comes to wanting to maintain a healthy and proper diet, it’s been known to stay away from all processed foods as if they are poison. These processed foods may make life a little more convenient, safer and a bit more healthful, but they might not be not as bad as you’ve been told.

Helen Bond who is a dietician and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association explores the world of processed foods and states that people oftentimes assume the term “processed foods” only applies to microwave or other ready-made meals. According to the NHS, the definition of “processed food” concerns any food that has been altered from its natural state in some way, and then available to eat. In fact, many of the foods we consume need to go through specific process in order to be considered safe to eat. Whether it’s for safety reasons or for convenience, processed foods are consumed way more than you may realize.

Heath experts urge shoppers to “shop the perimeter” of the grocery store. Depending on the type of store, the center of the store is where most of the processed food resides.  Remember to look for five ingredients or less, and limit food with long ingredient lists from your shopping cart.  If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you shouldn’t be eating it. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on knowing the good foods which are processed, and the bad foods that are processed.

It’s important to understand the difference between sugars when reading food labels, because they don’t distinguish between natural sugars(naturally occurring) and added sugars ( corn syrup, malt syrup, organic cane juice, honey, and molasses). When it comes to frozen vegetables, sometimes these are better to buy than fresh because they get processed the same day they get picked. If you’re buying nut butters, avoid buying ones with added sugars.

Don’t forget to be cautious of the salt content in processed foods. In most cases, salt is often added as a preservative, or to increase the food’s shelf life. Healthy foods considered to be processed do exist, but knowing the difference is important. A healthy diet has room for all foods, but when you’re consuming it daily, choose the least processed, and remember whole foods are the best.

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