What are processed foods? How much of our diet consists of processed foods?
Frozen foods at the Real Canadian Superstore in Winkler, Manitoba (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It may sound logical that anything prepared,cooked,or put through a process of some sort would be processed food. But for years, when I thought of processed food. I thought of hot dogs and frozen foods. I didn’t think of cereal, crackers, bread, or cheese. I assumed everything at the grocery was safe for me and my family,but not necessarily good to consume all the time. I soon learned when I was pregnant what processed foods were.
What are Processed Foods?
According to Wikipedia, processed food is also known as “Convenience food, or tertiary processed food,” that ” is commercially prepared food designed for ease of consumption.”
So if you think of food that is commercially prepared, then you will probably come to the conclusion that is the majority of our foods. You are left with fresh vegetables, fruit, and fish laid out on ice that are not processed. Processed food include food “sold as hot,ready-to-eat dishes; as room-temperature, shelf-stable products; or as refrigerated or frozen products that require minimal preparation (typically just heating).”
That covers all your microwave dishes, single serve packaging like candy, soft drinks, processed meats, cheese, pastas, and canned products that are put into preserved states. At livestrong.com, you can find a list of processed foods broken down into three categories: Processed meats that are treated with additives like hot dogs and lunch meat have a “42% increase ” of heart disease, Packaged baked goods, and Frozen dinners.
I am guilty of buying the packaged brownie mix for only a couple of dollars I have a yummy treat. Now, I try to bake my own goodies that don’t require high fructose corn syrup which is not good for you. Frozen foods have MSG to enhance flavor. According to livestrong.com,”MSG has been linked to health conditions like Alzheimer’s and autism and can also cause headaches, nausea and mood swings.”
Why listen to livestrong.com, this is a partner to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Livestrong website supports healthy living with cited sources that you can look up. As the list below will confirm, processed foods are not part of a healthy diet. Too much of these foods cause health issues from heart disease to obesity. Dr. Boyd Williams of Optimal Health University is listed as the source of why we should avoid packaged baked goods just click the link below.
Where did the idea for Processed Food come from?
After World War II, many commercial food companies that were producing foods for the battle field were suddenly left with large inventories of easy to prepare and long lasting foods. Foods like canned peaches emerged and fish sticks emerged.
Other Sources to Check
- MayoClinic.com: Why Do Processed Foods Contain So Much Sodium?
- CBN News: How to Avoid Processed Foods in a Healthy Diet
- Reuters: Study Suggests Processed Meat a Real Health Risk
- Optimal Health University: What’s Lurking in Processed Foods?
So it might be time to look in your pantry and check what processed foods you have. Some are fine for emergencies, which I have and just keep checking the dates. Most of my food, I try to use fresh ingredients less sugar and salt substitute, NuSalt, which is potassium. I have cut down almost 50% of my diet by not adding salt. I use more spices, garlic, and onion in my foods. Well, good luck and here’s to your health. May you find this information helpful and may you enjoy a healthy life.
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