The Damage Processed Food is Having on Us!

In the modern world, many foods are processed in order to make them faster to produce and preserve them for longer. However, they are having a detrimental effect on our health. There are so many chemicals and toxins in processed foods along with a low nutritional content – nutritional content being the primary reason we eat food.

Many children growing up in modern society have no idea where food actually comes from. Some religions such as Muslim families will perform sacred acts such as Qurbani (the sacrifice of an animal) to remind themselves of where their food actually comes from, but many young children will never see or experience this religious custom, leaving them without knowledge or education of the sacrifice made for our food.

We live in a society with a fast food restaurant on every street corner and it is contributing to the ever-growing problem of obesity. The processed foods purchased at these establishments are made with saturated fats, trans fats, sodium, nitrates and sugar. Some of the worst processed foods include; chicken nuggets, ‘plastic’ cheese, diet versions of foods and French fries. Here are some reasons why processed foods are so bad for us and are detrimental to our health as a society.

High in Sugar

We all know that when consumed in excess, sugar is seriously harmful to our health and processed foods are usually loaded with sugar. Sugar is just an empty calorie and has absolutely no essential nutrients within, but a large amount of energy.

Large consumption of sugar can also have detrimental effects on your metabolism and lead to insulin resistance, high triglycerides, increased levels of the harmful cholesterol and increased fat accumulation in the liver and abdominals.

The biggest problem is that most people are not only consuming excess sugar because they are putting spoonfuls in their coffee or on their cereals, but they are consuming it unknowingly because it is hidden in unexpected items of food like bread and baked beans, or food manufacturers are hiding it under unrecognizable names like:

  • Corn syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose,
  • Lactose
  • Maltose.

 

Hyper Rewarding

Obviously, food manufacturers want us to like their product and come back time and time again to purchase it from them. In order for them to do this, it has to taste good. But within modern society, the competition is fierce and all of the processed food manufacturers are head to head against each other.

For this reason, massive resource is spent making foods as desirable as possible – meaning that we feel a sense of ‘reward’ from the brain when we eat them. For some people, this can overpower anything they have come across in nature and is therefore how we become ‘addicted’ to junk food.

Artificial Ingredients

If you take any ingredients label for processed and packaged food, you probably won’t know what some of the ingredients are. This is because many of the ingredients are not actually real foods.

Low fat, diet and ‘healthy’ looking foods are disguised as looking as a good choice but are actually loaded with preservatives, artificial synthetic colors and chemicals that give that good flavor and texture. Take low fat, for example, if you take the fat out of a food, you are not left with a lot of flavors, so in order to make it taste nice, it has to be filled with artificial flavors and preservatives.

Less Energy to Digest

The way that processed foods are manufactured, they are usually very easy to chew and swallow. Most of the fiber has been taken out of the ingredients and many of the natural nutrients. This means that it takes less energy to eat and digest processed foods – allowing us to eat more in a shorter amount of time. We also burn less energy digesting them than we would if they were whole foods and the missing fibre means that it is more difficult to feel full.

The Thermic Effect of Food (TEF) is a measure of how much different food stimulates energy expenditure after eating. It totals to about 10% of total energy expenditure in the average person. Eating processed foods reduces this energy expenditure due to the less energy required to digest it meaning it is easier to consume more calories than those burnt in a day – leading to weight gain.

Time to Change

Its time to change the unhealthy toxic foods habits. Don’t you think that you need to make sure you are giving yourself and your family’s healthier choices to ensure a healthy life? Don’t pollute their bodies with these chemicals toxins that lead to disease and a lifetime of health problem both physically and mentally. Choose organic and/or local produce and food. Check labels, do your research, and give them healthy meals that will help them have healthy bodies and minds. 

Green Rosie Life

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Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! I believe in living green, organically, and natural in every aspect of our lives. My mission is to help educate you on how to live green, help save our environment and to help you and your family live a happier, healthier life!

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    1. Hi Rosie,
      Yes I agree it is sad that we cannot trust the most manufacturers and we need to do our research and know what we are purchasing. Cooking has always been fun to me but people don’t seem to want to cook much anymore – their lives are so busy with other things – it’s a matter of making health a priority. Thanks for hosting #GoingGreenLinky blog host. Have a healthy happy & blessed day!

  20. Totally agree. Some people don’t even understand what processed food is. I got checked for ID in my local supermarket whilst buying some alcohol the other day. The attendant was shocked to hear I was 39 and insisted that I explain to her how I looked so young. One of the things on my list was not eating processed food. She asked me what I meant by processed food!! The irony was I was buying cheap beer to use in slug traps at the allotment and I don’t even normally shop in a supermarket 🙂 #goinggreenlinky

    1. That’s funny but sad that she didn’t know what processed food was- you can only imagine what her diet must be. We do shop at our local supermarket but in the last few years buy less than half of what we used to and that is normally organic. Thanks for stopping by, sharing your story, and commenting. Have a healthy happy & blessed day. Stop back again real soon!

  21. This is a must-read! Thank you so much for sharing the dangers of processed food with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

    1. Hi Deborah,
      Thank you! Glad you liked the article and found my information useful. Thanks for sharing my article and commenting.

  22. Thank you for all the information, it can be so challenging with the amount of processed foods available to us, to eat healthy! Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop!

    1. HI Liz,
      Yes it can be challenging but it is well worth the challenge to our health. Glad to be part of the Homestead blog hop. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

  23. Hi Marla,
    Thanks for raising awareness of this important issue. I am so glad that I stopped buying processed foods years ago and focus on buying fresh, organic ingredients to prepare myself. My only weakness is the occasional bag of potato chips, but I am working on that! (smile)

    1. HI Deborah,
      Processed foods to me are pure poison and I believe very strongly that it is one of the reasons that cancer and diabetes are rampant in our society. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a healthy, happy & blessed! Don’t eat any potato chips today! LOL!

  24. Marla,
    I so agree with everything you are saying.
    Not to make excuses but we are so indoctrinated with unhealthy choices that I am not sure what is still good to eat. A local farm grows non GMO corn. But when I asked the farmer about the corn being non GMO she said, well we plant non GMO but who knows? It cross pollinates with all the farms around us.
    Now I heard that Whole foods was bought by Amazon..
    It is really hard to find healthy food despite how hard we often tryl
    Good post- thanks

    1. You are right about that. It can be a real struggle to find healthy foods at times. Such as your story about the local farm and the cross contamination. The best thing is to grow your own but that not always possible for everyone either. You have to do the best you can do and ask question and research as much as possible. I was not so happy about Amazon buying out Whole foods even though we didn’t have a Whole food need us. There are so many unknowns that are yet to be seen. What will Amazon do with the organics and so many unanswered questions. Hopefully they will not destroy the organic or do false advertising of products like import from China. We just definitely need to stay away from the known processed foods – they are definitely filled with chemicals and are toxic. Glad you liked my post. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day.

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