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Top 10 Dangers of Processed Foods

Dangers of Processed Foods
  • For the most part, today’s society looks for convenience and simplicity when it comes to the next meal. Along with such convenience and simplicity come processed foods to satisfy the appetite.
  • Potatoes didn’t come in a box in the old days. Mashed potatoes were actually peeled, washed, cut up, and boiled until ready to add the fresh whole milk and butter. Yes, that was butter – not the imitation spread in a tub labeled with a promise of unsaturated fat.
  • With cancer and heart disease all around us, researchers are now studying the dangers of processed foods which are more of a staple in our home than a loaf of bread or carton of milk.

Today’s society looks for convenience and simplicity when it comes to the next meal. Along with such convenience and simplicity come processed foods to satisfy the appetite. Drive-thru fast food restaurants can be found at almost every corner serving foods fried in trans and saturated fats. The freezer section at the grocery store is sometime larger than the fresh produce department. Although the snack aisle has some chips made with trans fat free products, the popular fattening and tasty chips are most popular. Anything you can think of eating may come in a can or jar these days. With this diet, our society is consuming an astonishing amount of unhealthy meals without a thought of the dangers of processed foods.

Looking back to the days of our parents and grandparents, food was bought fresh from the market on a daily basis. Potatoes didn’t come in a box in the old days. Mashed potatoes were actually peeled, washed, cut up, and boiled until ready to add the fresh whole milk and butter. Yes, that was butter—not the imitation spread in a tub labeled with a promise of unsaturated fat.

Our taste buds have been trained to crave foods which are sweet, salty, spicy, and probably unhealthy. With cancer and heart disease all around us, researchers are now studying the dangers of processed foods which are more of a staple in our home than a loaf of bread or carton of milk.

If the label of the can, box, bag or jar has ingredients listed which you can hardly read, you can be quite certain there has been some processing going on to keep that food fresh to a distant date in a certain appetizing color with a particular artificial flavor to satisfy the demanding taste buds and appetite. Then, there are the different kinds of fats; trans fat, trans fat free, polyunsaturated fats, saturated fats. Although some products are promised to be made with trans fat free oil, saturated and trans fat is in abundance of most products. If counting food calories, processed food is what you don’t want to eat.

Although the threats of processed foods are numerous, knowing the 10 top dangers of processed foods may be enough to rethink your next meal or snack.

1. CANCER – Some cancers are known to be caused by carcinogenic properties which are included in processing foods.

2. OBESITY – Processed foods are most often high in fat, sugar and salt. If counting food calories, these are the perfect ingredients to cause excessive weight gain.

3. HIGH CARB CONTENT – Most processed foods include an overabundance of carbohydrates and not nearly enough protein.

4. HEART DISEASE – The trans fat in many processed foods will spike the cholesterol level and lower the HDL.

5. HYPERTENSION – Blood pressure is elevated by the high salt and fat content in foods.

6. DIABETES – The high sugar products and fast acting carbohydrates will raise the glucose to unhealthy levels.

7. FOOD ADDITIVES AND UNKNOWN EFFECTS – For color, consistency, taste, shelf life and more, processed foods include additives while the effects are unknown.

8. UNKNOWN FILLERS – Several foods like hot dogs and processed meats are filled with unknown parts.

9. LACK OF NUTRIENTS – If processed foods are the main part of the diet, the body will be lacking the nutrients needed to fight disease.

10. ARTIFICIAL VITAMINS – Synthetic vitamins, which lose their potency during processing, are added to some processed foods like bread.

The list of the dangers of processed foods can go on. Back to basics with home cooking using wholesome, nutritious, and unprocessed foods may add healthier years to your life.

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13 Responses to “Top 10 Dangers of Processed Foods”

  1. Cori says:

    yeah, processed food is one of the worst things, they could claim it is organic one, but that does not change its nature…

  2. Olga says:

    Hi! My friend just had a heart attack. He is overweight. He loved to eat that stuff. That should be banned by FDA. But they wont do it. Food companies will not let them.

  3. right_one says:

    hmm…just thought about that fast food nation movie…that gives me creeps how they really do the food processing…

  4. Caleb says:

    While there are some foods that I appreciate the addition of color, I feel like people should simply get used to the fact that some things are the color they should be. Like ketchup, it isn’t always the bright red that we see now. If it wasn’t for the fact that people connect colors with tastes we could at least eliminate one of these problem areas.

  5. Kevin says:

    It is true that America will always love it’s Big Macs, but it is also true that we are starting to see a change in fast food restaurants. It may not be that people are ordering the healthier foods, but at least they are starting to offer them. That’s a step in the right direction.

  6. Zack says:

    Processed foods are one of the most popular things in this country and it’s crazy. It seems like everything is process and you have to pay so much for the organic or “real” stuff that it is almost not even worth it. This is one big conspiracy if you ask me.

  7. I love hot dogs! I can’t get enough of them, and now that it’s summer time I’m really looking forward to eating more.

  8. Good read. Hopefully hypertension becomes a more popular focus point to people as they get older.

  9. justmeint says:

    excellent article, there are many dangers to be aware of: Future foods will need no salt, sugar, MSG, or artificial sweeteners. Instead, sensory perceptions will become warped by modern science. Brains will taste things that are not really there. Illusions. Deceptions. Memories of taste which are now artificially induced.

    http://just-me-in-t-health.blogspot.com/2010/08/yummie-yummie-yummie-not.html

  10. kaytlin says:

    this article was well put together! its sad to think that many people are prisoners of the great taste of processed foods :( the truth needs get out about processed food, artifical sweetners, ect… because its hurting our nation!

  11. eek says:

    FREAKING OUT!!!!!

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