What’s So Bad about Processed Food?

If you’ve ever gone to a farmer’s market, you know that whole foods need little interference to taste delicious. Perhaps you were seduced by the aromas of real tomatoes and fresh basil, or rushed home to steam or grill fresh corn until it caramelized slightly. Voila, you’re a gourmet cook.

But the food industry sees your groceries — and your cooking — as woefully inadequate, in need of its “expertise.” The food industry uses 2,000 different food additives and spends billions of dollars to transform livestock and produce into processed food products that retain only a shred of their original nutrition.

 

What’s in Processed Food?

 

Did you know that if you’re eating the standard American diet, you’re consuming 150 pounds of nonfood additives per year? A whopping 130 pounds of that stuff is sugar. The next 10 to 15 pounds are salt. The remaining 5 to 10 pounds are fake flavorings, preservatives, food dyes, and artificial vitamins.

The 130 pounds of sugar is bad enough, given sugar’s direct correlations with diabetes, inflammation, and cancer. But on top of that, think about the last time you picked up a 10-pound weight. Then imagine that weight is pure salt. Or that it’s made up of chemical additives. These chemicals lodge in your body, confuse your enzymes, abrade your digestive tract, and pollute your liver, kidneys, tissues, and blood. No wonder so many Americans are so tired, low, obese, sick.

 

Changing Foodways, Changing Health

 

Once upon a time — not so long ago — we ate from the garden and from the wild. Humans ate that way for thousands of years. Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and obesity were rare.

Now most Americans eat processed food crammed with chemicals and additives. We eat animal products laden with antibiotics and hormones. And our health is suffering. For example:

1.         Diabetes kills more than 230,000 Americans per year.

2.         Cancer kills 565,000 Americans per year.

3.         Heart disease kills 80,000 Americans per year.

4.         Every hour, 13 Americans die from obesity-related diseases.

 

“Frenemies” in Your Kitchen

 

And yet the food processing industry insists that it is absolutely crucial to your well-being and comfort.

The truth is, the food industry needs you way more than you need it. It needs you to buy its products each week in grocery stores, to feed its products to your family and friends, and to get addicted to its artificially appealing, multimillion-dollar flavors. When you do so, you pay the food industry’s bills and justify its existence.

You don’t need the food industry. You need whole, healthful food. To protect your health and the health of your loved ones, think of processed food as poison.

 

Making the Switch

 

“I don’t know how to eat whole foods.” That’s what hundreds of my readers used to say before they connected with MyHealingKitchen.com. They grew up with parents who cooked out of boxes, jars, and microwavable trays. I’ve coached them on what whole foods to eat, and how to cook them easily, in mouth-watering ways. I can help you, too!

Here are 3 processed food makeovers you’ll love. These dishes usually come out of shelf-stable boxes, plastic tubs, and the freezer at your local supermarket. We think your body will love these fresher, healthier, tastier versions.

•           Guilt-Free Macaroni and Cheese

•           7-Layer Dip

•           Mini Turkey Sausage and Mushroom Calzones

 

Break up with processed food today. The minute you do, your body will begin to heal and thrive. The best news of all: you’ll discover a new world of flavor. Whole foods taste so much better than the boxed and canned stuff!

 

Keep Getting Better,

Jim Healthy

About Jim Healthy

Jim Healthy™ is a prolific health writer with a life-long dedication to researching and publishing the most important health discoveries of our time -- and creating practical “action plans” that help readers incorporate these new medical findings in their daily lives. He is the co-author of The Healthy Body Book, Arthritis Interrupted, The 30 Day Diabetes Cure, and The Healing Kitchen.
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