If you want to keep to a healthy weight and lifestyle, it’s important to keep yourself informed about the health risks of processed foods and restrict the amount that you eat.
Processed foods are those that come in a box, can, bag or carton and often modified to extend shelf life leading to little or nutritional value. They are usually high in calories and have a tiny proportion of the nutritional value of natural, unprocessed foods.
What’s In These Foods?
The more processes your food undergoes before you eat it, the less nutrition it provides. Food manufacturers use refined sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, preservatives, steroids, trans fats and other unhealthy preservatives to prolong the shelf life of their food products.
The more things you do to a natural ingredient like a fruit or vegetable, the further you remove its nutritional value. When all the nutritionally poor ingredients mentioned above are added to that product, it becomes even more unhealthy.
Adverse Effects of Processed Foods
Processed foods often deliver ’empty calories’ which cause you to overeat because your brain continues to send signals that you’re still hungry. It sees you have eaten very little nutrition, so it tells you to eat more. Due to the fact processed food, on many occasions, is very addictive, you eat more of the low-nutrient food you just ate, and develop an unhealthy eating cycle.
Becoming overweight and eating the wrong foods all lead to the danger of developing diabetes. Diabetes heightens your possibility of having heart disease and suffering from a stroke. Diabetes is also a major cause of blindness and kidney disease. Additionally, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure are common with people who are overweight.
How to Avoid The Poor Health Effects of Processed Foods
Processed foods generally deliver next to no nutrition, and trade naturally healthy ingredients with unhealthy chemicals and compounds.
To avoid the health risks of processed foods, eat more raw foods, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables with as little processing as possible. Try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables if at all possible. Frozen varieties are really good choices as they are not packed in salted water or syrup.
Grapes, cherries, berries, apples, mangoes and bananas are delicious alternatives for processed desserts and cakes. If you’re eating a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps on a daily basis, replace it with a natural carbohydrate like an apple or an orange. This will not only cut some of the calories out of your day but it will also boost your consumption of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.