Processed diet foods and drinks come in many different packages. Everything from snacks, protein bars, drinks, smoothie, meals and desserts. Although these processed diet foods are touted as healthy, they are often worse than the regular versions.
First, I am not an advocate of processed foods. Generally the processing of the food entails stripping out the fiber, fats and nutrients. To this bland concoction they add coloring, flavoring, sugars, fats, chemical vitamins and preservatives.
Processed Foods Toxins
- Artificial Coloring. Shown to help cause cancer and hyperactivity.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup. Damages the liver and is also turned into fat.
- Artificial Flavoring (and natural flavoring). Many flavorings include 100’s of chemicals (which they don’t have to list) – neurotoxins. May trigger Alzheimer’s disease.
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Flavor enhancer. Excitotoxin – excites cells to the point of cell damage or cell death. May trigger or worsen Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s and more.
- Synthetic Trans Fats. Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils – causes inflammation which leads to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more.
- Preservatives. Linked to a number of different types cancer.
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Processed Diet Foods
Processed diet foods share all the above toxic ingredients with a few extras.
One of the biggest challenges of processed diet foods is that they take out most or all of the fat. To combat poor taste they add artificial sweeteners and/or synthetic trans fats. This adds a whole host of problems:
- Enhances appetite
- Causes weight gain
- Amino acids literally attack your cells
- May cause or exacerbate inflammatory bowel disease.
- Research has found that sucralose can destroy up to 50 percent of your beneficial gut flora.
Conclusion on Processed Diet Foods
The best answer of course is to stay away from processed food all together. That being said, most people won’t even consider this step (it’s not convenient).
The very least to do is:
- Read the label. If there is any ingredients you don’t recognize – buy something else.
- If there is more than 5 ingredients – find something else (1 is optimal, like celery)
- Pack bags of nuts, seeds and/or fruit to take with you.
- If you do choose processed food, stick with the regular versions. They are generally just as healthy and can save you some money.