Seven Reasons To Avoid Processed Foods
As consumer buying preferences shift from whole and unprocessed foods which need to be prepared for consumption to processed foods which are budget-friendly and also easier to consume. But we fail to realise whether the easy to eat food is actually healthy or not. Many processed foods contain substances which can be detrimental to our health, despite their tall claims about being nutritious and healthy. Here are 7 reasons to avoid these foods:
Added sugar: We all know that colas and sweetened fruit juices contain added sugar. But they are not the only culprits. Other common favourites such as buns, cakes, fruit yoghurts and even tomato ketchup can play a major role in increasing our blood sugar. So those suffering from diabetes or wanting to lose weight, please take note and check the food labels for added sugar in the form of sucrose, glucose, fructose, maple syrup, corn sugar, invert sugar, dextrose, maltose, molasses, etc.
Low nutrients: There are many food products in the market which are popular, but are consumed despite lack of any actual health benefits. These companies cash in on their popularity, but it is the consumers who have to deal with the after effects of consuming such products. They include sodas, packaged snacks, corn syrup, white bread, margarine and so on…
Low fibre: Excessive processing of foods removes its natural fibre, making it less nutritious and easier to digest. Easy digestion of food leads to less energy being expended by the body for digestion, which leads to weight gain and sluggishness. Fibre is also good for preventing constipation, which is counteracted against when it is removed from the processed food.
High salt content: We all know excessive salt intake causes hypertension. But many processed foods contribute to our high salt consumption. They include burgers, fries, chips, pasta sauces, tomato ketchup, pickles, salad dressings, canned foods, processed cheese and bagels.
Artificial chemicals: Processed foods require a good deal of preservatives to ensure a longer shelf life. But these preservatives are often harmful and may lead to serious illnesses and behavioural disorders. Food dyes and artificial flavours should also be avoided since they can promote attention disorders and impulsive behaviour among consumers, especially children.
High trans fats: Many processed foods contain hydrogenated vegetable oils, which are not only fatty, but also increase the risk of heart disease. Prefer foods which contain olive oil, coconut oil or canola and baked foods over fried stuff.
Addictive: Even if the processed food is completely healthy, it is likely that its health benefits get nullified by gorging too much of it. Too much of anything, however good, is always harmful. When something is healthy and tasty, people get more of a reason to consume more of that product. But consuming an excess of even the healthiest foods can counter its advantages and lead to weight gain and ill health.