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10 Dangers of Processed Foods

Updated on August 3, 2018
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Many people have been told that it is better to eat foods that have been made with all-natural ingredients and to avoid processed foods. Many people simply take this at face value and do what people recommend; however, it is always better to understand why these recommendations are being made. In reality, there are a number of dangerous that people should avoid by steering away from processed foods. By avoiding these processed ingredients, people can preserve the integrity of their internal organs, helping to keep the various functions of their body balanced. What exactly are the dangers of processed foods that people must steer away from?

1. Some Artificial Ingredients can be Dangerous

It is important for people to know exactly what they are putting in their bodies. Unfortunately, when it comes to processed foods, this is often impossible. Some words, such as aluminum hydroxide, may be difficult for people to interpret, making it almost impossible to make educated decisions. The preservatives and artificial colors have not been studied completely and could be dangerous for the body. For example, a number of meats have nitrites in them that act as a preservative. Multiple studies have been published that demonstrate the risk of cancer that nitrites can create. It is better to steer clear of these artificial ingredients.

2. High in Fat

Processed foods are often high in fats, such as trans-saturated fatty acids and hydrogenated oils. These oils are cheap, which is why processed foods are cheap; however, they aren’t healthy for the human body. They can increase the amount of cholesterol in the body, leading to an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks. These simply aren’t the healthy type of fats that people should be chasing. Avoid these unhealthy fats by avoiding processed foods.

3. The Sugar Content

In order for cheap foods to be popular, they have to taste good. That is why so many of these foods are high in sugar. In the United States, there is an epidemic of diabetes that has been drive by the amount of sugar the average American consumes. This comes from the cheap food that people consume. They have been pumped full of cheap sugar to make them taste delicious; however, they also increase the risk of someone developing diabetes. In order to keep the pancreas and insulin production intact, limit the amount of sugar by staying away from processed foods.

4. Processed Foods an Increase Weight

Certain flavors have been shown to increase cravings and almost act in the body in the same manner that addictive drugs do. This is why people may find that they are craving certain snacks. Instead of trying to count the calories, people should simply eat foods that have a high nutrient density. This means staying away from the cheap, processed foods that can be heated up in the microwave. People should simply focus on trying to take in a high number of healthy nutrients instead of trying to cut their calories.

5. Processed Foods have Little Nutritional Value

While the processed foods are engineered with fat and sugar to taste delicious, they have also been stripped of their nutrients. The foods have been stripped of their vital nutrients and minerals and instead of have been replaced with synthetic products. Processed foods and notably low in iron, calcium, and iron while they are high in sugar and fat. This makes it challenging for people to eat healthy. Focus on foods with nutrition instead of processed goods.

6. Behavior Matters

There have been studies that demonstrate the processed ingredients have an impact on someone’s mood. It can make people much more irritable and make them quick to anger. This is because sugar can suppress the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). When people have low levels of this factor, they have a higher risk of depression and schizophrenia, according to a research study. Instead, focus on foods that have omega-3 to lower the risk of ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia.

7. Processed Foods Impair Digestion

Many people issues with their digestive tract and many of these issues come from the artificial, processed ingredients in the foods that they consume. The artificial colors and sweeteners found in processed foods have been shown to throw off the natural rhythm of the body’s digestive tract. This comes from the hydrogenated fats and oils that people consume. Instead, try to consume probiotics that aid in the digestive system and help to extract the nutrients from healthy foods.

8. Processed Foods are Addictive

It has been demonstrated over and over again that these processed foods have the same impact on the body’s brain as addictive drugs do. While these artificial ingredients masquerade as food, they have tons of sugar, salt, and fat that the body learns to crave. This impacts the way that the brain functions and creates cravings and addictions that people simply can’t live without. It is better not to start this process and focus on eating natural foods.

9. Food Waste Increases

In the beginning, processed foods were created to cut down on the amount of food that people were wasting. Instead, it has led to an increase in the amount of food that people are depositing in landfills. This is because people purchase a significant amount of processed food when it goes on sale; however, they often cannot eat enough of this food before it goes bad. Instead, they throw the food away and contribute to a massive amount of waste in the landfills while other people go hungry.

10. A Dangerous Legacy

When adults consume this type of food, they set a poor example for future generations. Instead, the current generation should focus on eating healthy to set a positive example for children. Teach kids about the difference between real food and processed food. This will contribute to a long and healthy life for generations to come. What will the legacy of the current generation be when it comes to food?

*Disclaimer: This article pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion about med­i­cine, health, and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this article, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately-licensed physi­cian or other health care worker.

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      Louise Powles 

      5 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Yes, processed food can be bad for you. I always try to eat fresh food for my lunch each day.

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