1. Processed foods are those that have been altered intentionally prior to consumption. Foods that are cooked, canned, frozen, packaged or changed in nutritional composition with fortification, preservation or preparation in various ways come under the processed-food category.
2. When we cook, bake or prepare food we are processing the food. This is the reason for the origin of the word “food processor” which helps in the preparation of healthy meals.
3. Processed foods are bad, they are a major contributor to obesity and illness around the world. How do we know? Every time a population adopts a Western diet high in processed foods, they get sick. It happens within a few years. Their genes don’t change, their food does.
4. Here are 9 ways that processed foods are bad for your health.
a. High in sugar and high-fructose corn syrup
b. Engineered for over-consumption
c. Contain artificial ingredients
d. People can become addicted to junk food
e. Often high in refined carbohydrates
f. Low in nutrients
g. Low in fiber
h. Requires less time and energy to digest
i. Often high in trans fats