Have you ever wondered about the health of any of your convenient and canned foods? The so-called "processed foods", the commercial foods?

What does the term mean?

(Most foods we consume have been processed in some way).

This term includes any food that has been altered from its natural state to have a longer shelf life, richer taste, or an optimized ease of consumption. Thus, the “alterations” are surely achieved by means of chemistry, loads of sugar and salt, various preservatives, flavors and etc.

How to define the “wicked processed food”?

It is the food we should avoid. As we said above, most food is processed in one way or another. An example: olives have to be pressed to prepare olive oil, which is also processing.

5 signs that processed food is bad for your health.

1. Such food is incredibly “useful” for our brain, in the truest sense of the word!

As you know, evolution provided us with taste sensors that guide us through natural tastes and serve to choose the most energy-yielding nutrient. That’s why we are drawn to sweets and fats because our brain knows that these foods would give much energy. All manufacturers make extensive use of this feature. That’s the whole story! Competition is a rigid thing. It states “to be successful, you must produce “tasty” food.” And so they follow this mantra. The manufacturers aim to produce the most appealing food to the consumer, generously adding sugar, salt, additives, sauces and etc. As a result, we eat very much, then very, very much… and we want precisely this food more and more. Such is indeed the case. More correctly, such is indeed the way of making money on your health.

2. Processed food is high in sugar.

Such food leads to carbohydrate addiction (yes, there is such a thing). This is the case when it seems like we will die without this very cupcake in a wonderful wrap. Or when we think that tea not crammed with sugar is a waste of money and time.

All preserved foods, even vegetables, contain sugar with no exception. This is the peculiarity of the technology. So, when you open the canned cucumbers in the evening, consider it as you eating a chocolate cake.

3. All sorts of ingredients that you won’t have a clue are in there.

The label describing such inclusions seems never-ending and as mysterious, as our Universe. It’s true that now a manufacturer is obliged to list all the ingredients there.

Meanwhile, processed foods can contain ingredients that remain unlisted on the label. That is because the wording “artificial flavor” can hide 10 chemicals used to achieve a target flavor and no manufacturer is obliged to list them all, just indicate that they are artificial.

4. Such food is high in refined carbohydrates.

Many people have firm believes that the majority of brain energy intake should be from a bar of chocolate! For this very reason, we have to eat carbs – meaning sweets. Otherwise, sluggishness and depression would catch up.

That's all wrong.

Whole-grain cereals such as buckwheat, brown rice, wild rice, oats, whole grain flakes, and quinoa are also carbohydrates. There are huge amounts of useful carbs to any taste. It is much better for our brain to get glucose from whole foods rather than from chocolate. But it is important to eat “whole grain” food, which is what should be written on the label instead of a strange “contains whole grain” label (it is very artful wording raising the question “how much p.c. does it contain? 1 or 90?”)

White refined rice, white flour, semolina and other processed cereals are refined food having no health properties, being fast-acting carbohydrates (such as chocolate).

5. Trans fats are usual for processed food.

Naturally occurring trans fats are the result of bacterial activity in the gut of ruminant animals. Artificial trans fats are the result of turning liquid vegetable fat into a solid state by using nitrous acid. Industrial production of trans fats is essentially restricted and standardized. There are no similar standards in Russia till now.

Why is it dangerous? There is evidence that industrial trans fats are related to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, Alzheimer's disease and depression.

Why trans fats haven’t been prohibited so far? Because they have an extended storage period and they are much cheaper than natural fats. Natural unrefined oils rapidly deteriorate, but margarine could be stored for a long time and eternally used for frying fish and meat in a culinary shop of a supermarket!

Which foods contain trans fats? These are margarine, fast foods, all commercially fried and baked foods including sweets, chips and seasoned bread croutons, convenient food (ravioli, meat and fish products), mayonnaise and other sauces.

As you know the best way to escape from danger is not to be in the dangerous places. As for the food, it is to eat whole food and cook a meal with natural products.