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Cut Out Processed Food

Toni Ann DiSantis

Processed foods are an illusion, often appearing to be healthy (with claims like low fat, low carb, vitamin fortified, no trans fat, contains omega-3s, etc.) when these foods are in fact the very thing making a lot of Americans unhealthy, sick, and overweight. Below, is a list on why you should consider cutting out processed foods.

 

  • Processed foods are linked to coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer – four of the top ten chronic diseases.
  • Making smarter food choices now may reduce your healthcare costs later in life.
  • Why would one want to eat a processed food-like substance that is scientifically designed to never rot?
  • When you eat white bread and other foods made with white flour (which is a highly processed version of wheat) you are basically consuming empty calories with far less nutrition than the whole-wheat or whole grain alternatives.
  • It is estimated that up to 90% of processed foods in the supermarket contain either a corn or soy ingredient in the form of an additive under a variety of different names. Now how is that for eating variety?
  • Making smarter food choices now may reduce your healthcare costs later in life.
  • Cutting out processed foods could lead you to experience a variety of personal health benefits such as having more energy, losing weight, improving regularity, or just feeling healthier overall.

 

Rather than counting calories, watching fat grams, or reducing carbs for “healthy eating,” simply eat whole foods that are more “the product of nature” than “the product of industry.” It certainly is less complicated. The best way to make changes is to educate yourself and fully understand what you are eating. Being able to pronounce everything on the list of ingredients and knowing exactly where your food comes from is a great start!