What Is YOUR Process?
We understand...itspretty tempting to grab a microwave burrito to nuke for a minute and you havean instant dinner. Sometimes it’s niceto open a can of soup and warm it on the stove. But did you know that most processed foods are bad for your health? The more processing food undergoes, the worseit is. Why? What are some of the things you should bewary of? Here are just a couple ofreasons why you should avoid processed foods.
Processed foods are designed to last a longtime . That seems like a good thing on the surface,but how do food manufacturers make the food last longer than nature can? Well, they add all kinds of things to slowdown food’s natural spoilage. Forexample, trans fats (such as partially hydrogenated soybean oil) give foods(like crackers) a longer shelf life. Buttrans fats are thought to increase cholesterol levels.
Manufacturers also usepreservatives in food to help it last longer. For example, additives like BHA and BHT slow the rancidity of fats. However, both are thought to increase cancerrisk. Also, processed meats often usesodium nitrite to preserve them. Again,though, like other preservatives, nitrates are believed to increase one’s riskof cancer.
Processed foods are designed to taste good . Youmight think that’s a good thing, but guess again. Food manufacturers know that if you like thetaste of their food, you’ll likely come back for more. Their goal is to get your business, andoftentimes, they aren’t concerned about your health. Not only do food manufacturers use a host of flavoringsand colorings (that are just chemicals), they also use other things you don’tnecessarily want or need: lots ofsodium, lots of sugars (not only table sugar but other things like highfructose corn syrup), and plenty of fat (and not the good kind!). They want your repeat business, so they’ll dowhatever they can to encourage you to eat more.
So, knowing processedfoods are poor food choices, what can you do instead? This is all advice you’ve heard before, butit works:
- Don’t shop on an empty stomach. Then you’ll be tempted to buy things that are easy but aren’t goodfor you.
- Shop with a list and don’t stray from it.
- Find good recipes that use whole foods.
- Make extra food and freeze it, so when you don’t feel likecooking, you don’t have to.
If you can avoidprocessed foods, you’ll be taking great care of your health!