The Benefits of Avoiding Processed Foods

Avoid Processed food

05 Jan The Benefits of Avoiding Processed Foods

Many people ask me why processed food is so bad for you. I drew up a list that’s simple enough to understand, without getting too much into it. I’m going to let Jamie Oliver explain everything in more detail in the video I’ve attached. Please keep in mind: he’s talking about America, but this epidemic is worldwide!

The benefits of avoiding processed foods:

  • Real food is 100% healthier, especially for those little growing bodies: most processed foods are low in nutrients, low in fiber, and high in trans fats and processed vegetable oils.
  • Eating Real Food will help you reach a healthy body weight: as I said above, most processed foods are low in nutrients and are often high in trans fats or processed vegetable oils, and you can bet that the “fat free” products will have WAY too much sugar, or loads of chemicals (or most likely both!!)
  • Eating Real Food will keep you feeling fuller longer: as processed foods are often high in refined carbohydrates, and it therefore doesn’t takes the body much time to digest it.
  • Eating Real Food will stop food addiction: guys, let’s not fool ourselves, sugar is addictive! and it’s pretty much in everything unfortunately. So not only will real food be keeping you feeling fuller longer, but will also help you with portion control, as you won’t be craving the next bite even though you’re full.
  • Hidden sugar, sodium and fat: the three things we always want to avoid, are pretty much in almost every processed food, and in abundance! 
Sugar: look for added sugars among the first two or three ingredients such as sugar, maltose, brown sugar, corn syrup, cane sugar, honey and fruit juice concentrate. 
Sodium: “Three quarters of our sodium intake comes from processed foods,” says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD. “Only 20 or 25 percent of it comes from salting our food. The salt shaker is not the major problem.”
Fats: Added fat helps make food shelf-stable and gives it body. Unlike natural healthy fats such as butter, avocado and so forth (which do not make you fat, I promise!), these fats are not the ones you want your body to fuel on.
  • Eating real food will help you save money: yes, really! Processed foods are low in nutrients and hi in refined carbs, which means you need to eat more and more often, which naturally means that you need to buy more food in order to stay full and fit during the day
  • Real food tastes a whole lot better, guaranteed!!

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4 Comments
  • Raquel Levy
    Posted at 14:03h, 08 January Reply

    Love the way that you are Delivering the information they are in interesting to read and enjoyable.

    • Danna
      Danna
      Posted at 20:48h, 23 January Reply

      Thank you Raquel, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Masha
    Posted at 19:30h, 23 January Reply

    Really good post! What bothers me most is that hidden sugar – even in seemingly unprocessed food like smoked salmon – third ingredient often is – sugar. But luckily by reading the ingredients list you can make a choice
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    • Danna
      Danna
      Posted at 20:48h, 23 January Reply

      Sugar really is just everywhere. It’s such a sad reality

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