Why Cut Processed Food

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  1. 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 fat.
  2. Coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer – four of the top ten chronic diseases that kill most of us – “can be traced directly to the industrialization of our food” according to Michael Pollan.
  3. Making smarter (and sometimes more expensive) food choices now may reduce your healthcare costs later in life.
  4. Why would one want to eat a processed food-like substance that is scientifically designed to never rot?
  5. The food industry has proven that it is not very good at seasoning our foods by adding way too much salt, sugar, and/or oil to almost everything.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. Rather than counting calories, watching fat grams, or reducing carbs for “healthy eating,” simply eat whole foods that, as Michael Pollan puts it, are more the product of nature than “the product of industry.” It certainly is less complicated.
  10. It just makes plain old sense to fully understand what you are eating, be able to pronounce everything on the list of ingredients (if there is a list), and know exactly where that food comes from…don’t you think?

*Statistic courtesy of a food scientist interviewed on the documentary “Food, Inc”

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463 comments to Why Cut Processed Food

  • Katlin Stewardson

    Do you have any success stories to share that include healing arthritis? I’m only 25 and pretty sure I have arthritis ( developed very quickly over the last month) and I am willing to do anything to get rid of it. I’m going in for lab work tomorrow.

  • Adri

    There are 80,000 chemicals and additives approved to be added to our processed foods such as dyes, stabilizers, color enhancers, preservatives, MSG, and virtually all processed foods contain GMO corn and soy. Many of these additives are known to cause allergic reactions, many are suspected carcinogens, some are even suspected of being neurotoxins (they mess with your brain). Virtually all processed foods are dead (cooked over 118-140 deg. which kills all the beneficial enzymes). If you value your health, you will steer clear of all processed foods. That includes bread, packaged pasta, cookies, potato chips (which are simply salt and fat delivery system), bottled juices, and canned soups. We all need to eat more raw foods for the beneficial enzymes anyway, start by eliminating processed foods.

  • Lindsay

    I was wondering if anyone has notes having side effects when switching to real food?? I have had headaches, irritability, trouble sleeping and even night sweats!

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