Should You Remove Processed Foods?

There are so many different “diets” these days and a big one that a lot of people advocate is eating whole foods. This does involve removing all processed foods from your diet. This may be challenging and to be honest, you may have some “withdrawal” symptoms such as headaches… but is it right for you? Processed foods are very convenient but they’re not always good for us. Now not all processed foods are created equal, some aren’t bad at all but we need to know what to look out for. Below some of the effects that bad processed foods have on us and benefits of removing them:

Soft Drink Aisle

Why processed foods aren’t good for you:

  • Processed foods are usually loaded with added sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup. It is well known that sugar, when consumed in excess, is seriously harmful. Sugar is also “empty” calories meaning that it has no essential nutrients for us but has a large amount of energy (calories – which too many of these will make you gain weight!).

  • It’s not just the calories that’s the problem though. Studies have shown that it can have bad effects on our metabolism! It can also lead to insulin resistance, increased levels of the harmful cholesterol and increased fat accumulation in the liver and abdominal cavity. Sugar consumption can also be linked to some of the world's leading killers... including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

  • Most highly processed foods are also loaded with artificial chemicals, including flavorants, texturants, colorants and preservatives.

The general take away is that by fuelling our bodies with processed foods we are increasing our risk of illness and not letting our body run optimally. So, by removing these foods we are able to let get our body the fuel it needs to function at its best!

Processed Foods in Supermarket

I’m not saying you should never eat anything from a packet again – that’s not realistic. But how about you check the ingredients list on packaged foods and see what actually is in your food. If there is a whole heap of ingredients you can’t pronounce then maybe cut that out and see how it makes you feel. As I mentioned it’s not necessarily sustainable to remove all foods that come packaged out of our life but why not try to remove as many of the highly processed foods as possible and see how it makes you feel?  

Talk Soon,
Brittany Frino
Active Edge Fitness

** Information from Medical News Today **