Processed foods do make cooking easier and quicker, but they do so at a cost to your health and pocketbook. These are my 5 reason to avoid processes food.
Processed food contains unhealthy fats and refined grains
These are the problems with fat in processed food:
Trans fats (hydrogenated fats) are prevalent in processed foods. Most processed foods use oils that are genetically modified: soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil and canola oil. The oils commonly used in processed foods are high in omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). We get way too many PUFA’s, but not enough omega 3 fatty acids.
This creates an imbalance that promotes inflammation which can lead to disease.
Processed foods mostly contain GMO’s
Read ingredient labels. If the food is not organic and contains any form of corn, soybeans, cottonseed, canola or sugar (unless it says cane sugar), those ingredients are likely genetically modified.
Homemade food tastes better
Of course this is subjective. Processed food uses a lot of sugar, salt, flavorings and flavor enhancers for the purpose of making it taste appealing. Even so, many people report enjoying food more once they begin eating whole food. Maybe that’s because this is the food we were designed to eat. If you lack cooking experience and think your cooked-from-scratch food won’t taste good, don’t worry. Of course there is a learning curve, but you’ll become more confident and proficient the more you cook.
Processed food is usually more expensive
Apply the money you would normally spend on processed foods to fund the more expensive items of a healthy diet like pastured and grass fed meats and dairy foods.
Processed foods have a negative environmental impact
GMO’s, manufacturing, packaging and transportation all have detrimental effects on the health of the environment. We all should consider this more.