6 Reasons to Avoid Processed Food



One time I was talking to a woman about why it would be best not to eat processed foods, and she told me, "You don't understand, I would die if I could never eat "Eggo Waffles" again!"

I had to laugh when she said it, but the scary truth is that she wasn't trying to be funny, because processed foods are designed to be so addicting that people will keep buying them even if they wish to quit eating them.

In the documentary "Super-Size Me", a man lived on nothing but McDonald's food for 30 days, and during the film he said that whenever he was eating the McDonald's food he would feel happy, but then in-between meals he would start to feel down for no apparent reason, and then once he started eating the McDonald's food again he would instantly feel happy again. (Which is what drugs do.)


Anyone who has ever given their pets processed foods, knows that they can become addicted to them as well...

Even seagulls in touristy areas have become so addicted to the processed junk-foods that tourists frequently drop on the ground, that they have started to boldly go up and "rob" tourists...

And believe it or not, there are even videos on-line like the one below showing how seagulls have even learned how to "shoplift" from grocery stores...


A lot of people find images like these "funny" and will make memes out of them, but images like these also demonstrate the serious addictive power that processed foods can have on ANYONE who consumes them. And just like a person who is so addicted to street drugs that they will begin to lie, cheat, and steal in order to get their fix, animals who get addicted to processed foods will also resort to these exact same behaviors to get their fix.


Our taste buds are naturally designed to seek out sweet, salty, and fatty foods, and processed food companies take advantage of this by adding OUTRAGEOUS amounts of sugar, salt, and fat to their products to make them more addicting.

If you eat processed foods, your taste buds can become so desensitized from the all of the stimulation that they will no longer be sensitive enough to appreciate the taste of natural foods.

But the good news is that our taste buds are alive, and they only have a lifespan of about a month before they get replaced with new taste buds, so if you can avoid eating processed foods for 30 days, your taste buds can become a lot more sensitive, and once you have your "new and improved" taste buds you will start to notice the following changes...

- The natural sugars in fruit will taste a lot sweeter, and fruit will start to taste like candy.

- The natural sodium in vegetables will taste a lot saltier, and vegetables will start to taste like they have been sprinkled with salt.

- The natural fats in avocados will taste a lot richer, and avocados will make a fine substitute for butter or cheese.

Your taste buds can become "desensitized" over time, but they can also be "resensitized" over time.

Young people today who have only seen movies that were made recently and that cost millions of dollars to make, may have no interest in sitting through an old black and white movie that was filmed on a modest budget. (Because it would probably seem bland and boring to them compared to the action packed movies that they are used to.)

But if the only movies they could watch for a while were older movies, they may actually start to enjoy them, and they may even start to think that a "great movie" doesn't mean having millions of dollars of special effects, celebrity cameos, and hit pop songs in the soundtrack, and that a great movie doesn't have those things and instead focuses on great acting and great storytelling.

It is also important to realize that a lot of the foods that people are addicted to these days are so heavily processed, that they would literally taste like nothing if it wasn't for all of the artificial flavors and spices that are added to them.

For example, "McDonald's" chicken nuggets are said to taste like nothing before they are given all of their flavor enhancements, and you could literally replace the chicken meat with something like broccoli or cauliflower and end up with something that tasted exactly the same.


Imagine that you went to a restaurant, but right before you walked inside, you noticed that all of the chefs were outside behind the building taking a "smoke break" and complaining about how much they hate their jobs.

Would seeing that cause you to not want to eat there?

Many adults swear that their mom's food is the best food that they've ever eaten (even if their mom would be the first to tell you that they are far from being "the world's greatest chef") and this is because their mom's food was prepared for them by someone who loves and cares about them.

Processed foods aren't made with love or by companies who care about your health, and in most cases they are prepared in factories by people who hate their jobs, or by unconscious machines, and in some cases, slave labor.

If you are going to eat processed foods or feed them to your children, ideally make it yourself using "minimal processing" (like by blending just a few healthy ingredients that combine well with each other into a smoothie) and by making one of the ingredients that you add "love".

It might sound a bit "esoteric" to some, but eating foods that were made with love really does make a huge difference, and eating wholesome foods instead of processed junk-food is a form of self-love.


Just because the brand name of a frozen microwave dinner is "Healthy Choice" doesn't mean that it's healthy, and if you are going to buy something processed, you need to be paying far more attention to the ingredient list than to the brand name or the picture that is on the front of the box, can, jar, or bag.

More and more people are starting to become more health conscientious, and processed food companies are coming out with health claims that are intended to make consumers believe that their products are healthy, and below are some common health claims that you have probably seen recently on processed food labels...

"Low In Fat"
"Low In Carbs"
"Low In Sodium"
"Low In Calories"

"High In Calcium"
"High In Vitamin C"
"High In Antioxidants"
"High In Dietary Fiber"

"No Trans Fat"
"No Cholesterol"
"No Added M.S.G."
"No Preservatives"

"May Help Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer"
"May Help Reduce Your Risk Of Diabetes"
"May Help Reduce Your Risk Of Heart Disease"
"May Help Reduce Your Risk Of High Blood Pressure"

But did you know that EVERY SINGLE ONE of the health claims listed above could be put on something like Broccoli?

We don't see health claims like these being put on things like broccoli though, and instead what we see is processed food companies taking just 1 of these claims such as "Low in Fat" and putting it on something like a box of microwave popcorn to give people the impression that it's a healthy product.

Sure, "Lucky Charms" cereal is "High in Fiber", but so is the cardboard box that it comes in, and the best thing to do would be to stick with the humble fruits and vegetables in the produce department that don't come with any listed health benefits, because it would literally take a book just to list them all!


Below is an old photo which serves as a reminder that before processed foods became so common in our society, it wasn't uncommon to see a large group of children and not be able to find a single overweight kid among them...

Recently, there was a man in America who became so overweight that he could no longer fit through the front door of his house, and fire fighters ended up having to come and break down his living room wall just so he could get out!

But on the other side of the world, thousands of people in Africa die every day due to starvation.

And what's mind-blowing to think about, is that the starving people in Africa and the overweight man in America who became trapped in his own house due to eating too much are actually both suffering from the same problem. (Malnourishment)

The starving people in Africa are malnourished because they simply aren't getting enough to eat, while the overweight man in America was malnourished because he was eating lots and lots of processed junk-foods that were high in calories, but low in nutrition, so even though he was over-eating and over-weight, he was still always hungry.

The calories in processed foods are often referred to as "empty calories" because they are usually made from "refined foods" that don't contain all of the nutrients that that are found in "wholefoods", and consuming large amounts of "empty calories" can easily lead to fat gain.

If you look at a herd of zebras in the wild, it is hard to even tell any of them apart, because they are all eating the diet that they were designed to eat, so they have all ended up with the physique that zebras were designed to have. But if you look at a herd of humans waiting in line at a movie theater, you can clearly see that eating lots of different and unnatural diets has caused people to end up with a lot of different and unnatural physiques.

And due to the fact that so many people are overweight these days, what people think of as a "normal weight" has been distorted.

As a man, I personally weigh less than the average man does today, but I realize that if I were able to get into a time machine and go back just 100 years ago (back when companies like "McDonalds" didn't exist yet and almost nobody was overweight) my weight would be seen as perfectly normal and natural.

Believe it or not, the man in the picture above used to be "The World's Heaviest Man", and people would actually pay money just to see him in person because of how GIGANTIC he seemed back then. But now-a-days, there are doctors who weigh as much as he did.

And to make matters worse, there are serious efforts being made now to encourage everyone to accept, normalize, and even promote obesity. And if someone is famous and overweight, but they end up losing weight and getting in shape, there is a good chance that they will get accused by some of "Fat Shaming", and this is exactly what processed food companies want.

Processed foods might taste good, but no taste is worth the fatal consequences of a society who is so addicted to processed foods that they would rather die from eating them than live without them!


Below is a typical example of a day's worth of food if you are following a "Standard American Diet", as well as all of the ingredients that are listed in the processed versions of these foods from some of the most popular brands...

There are so many different ingredients in this list, that unless you are viewing it on a movie screen, you probably won't even be able to read it all without having to do a lot of zooming in and out or scrolling up and down.

My spell checker didn't even recognize a lot of these ingredients, and I seriously doubt that our bodies will recognize or know what to do with a lot of these ingredients either.

It should also be noted that companies don't have to list every single ingredient that is in their product, and they get away with this by taking several different ingredients that are similar and calling them one generic name. (Like "artificial flavors", which could literally mean dozens of different chemicals that have no place in the human body.)

If you look at an ingredient list and you see ingredients that you can't pronounce, or there are so many ingredients listed that you don't even have the time or patience to actually read them all, then it would be wise to put it back on the shelf and not to buy it.

And the wisest choice of all would be to stick with foods that don't come with an ingredient list because they are "wholefoods" such as "apples", "cucumbers", and "walnuts" and they don't have anything added to them, and to eat a wide variety of these healthy "wholefoods" while simultaneously avoiding a wide variety of unhealthy additives.