We’ve been led to believe that processed foods are the easy way out for a busy life! Fancy advertisements and funky packaging make promises that keep us coming back for more. Lite, Gluten Free and Fat Free suck us in again and again. The sad reality is that processed products are everywhere we look, making them increasingly harder to avoid. My answer as always is if you don’t keep up on nutritional properties, you are looking for trouble down the road.
1. Processed Foods Are Addictive and Can Cause You To Overeat
Whole foods are made up of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber and water. When foods are processed, basically anything that is healthy is removed. Bottom Line…just no good! Eating highly processed or highly concentrated foods can artificially stimulate dopamine (the pleasure neurotransmitter), which plays a key role in addiction. What’s happening is that you are eating foods that lack nutrients and fibre, but create a pleasurable feeling. A food addiction starts because you feel good when you are eating these foods and they make you think they taste better. You crave that pleasurable feeling again…and who doesn’t want to feel good? Bottom line….just no good!
High fructose corn syrup, sugar and MSG have been linked to weight gain and obesity. But recently a new study showed childhood obesity could be reduced by 18 percent, simply by cutting out fast food.
2. Processed Foods Often Go Hand In Hand With “Eating on the run” or Multitasking
Most people will choose convenience if they are on the run and in today’s busy lives, who isn’t? Unfortunately, multitasking while eating causes people to lose touch with their natural appetite, often leading to weight gain. Additionally, multitasking sends the wrong signals to your digestive system, which needs to be in a restful mode to digest properly. Bottom Line…just not good!
3. Processed Foods/ Food Combining
Are you aware that this can lead to low energy, poor digestion, illness, acidic blood and weight gain. An example would be a simple frozen meat and cheese pizza. Believe it, this makes a terrible food combination. If you’re having trouble with your digestion, have some awareness people! Burning in the gut, bloated in the stomach..the combination of foods you are eating are not only hurting your body but troubling your spirit!
4. Eating Too Many Processed Foods Can Lead to Infertility and Malnutrition
Processed foods, like cereal, are stripped of important vitamins and nutrients that your body truly needs. You could be eating a large amount of calories and still be malnourished if your diet is high in processed foods. Animal studies have shown that over three generations, a deficient diet causes reproduction to cease. Today, infertility is on the rise, affecting 7.3 million people in America. Bottom Line…just no good!
5. Processed Foods are Made For Long Shelf-life, Not Long Human Life!
Chemicals, additives and preservatives are added to processed foods so that they will last for a long time without going rancid or affecting the taste of the food. Food manufacturers spend time, money and research on beautiful packaging and strategies to lengthen shelf-life, with little attention on how the foods will lengthen your life or create lasting health. Process food affects children in horrible ways, leading to lack of concentration.
Isn’t it time to bring the fire back into your life!