6 Reasons To Avoid Processed Food
6 REASONS TO AVOID PROCESSED FOOD


1. TOO MANY RANDOM INGREDIENTS

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 in some of the most popular name brands.

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

I also want to mention that the spell checker I used didn't even recognize a lot of these ingredients, and it is highly unlikely that your body will recognize or know what to do with a lot of these ingredients either...


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

If you look at an ingredient list and there are ingredients that you can't pronounce, or there are so many ingredients that you don't even have the time to read them all, it would probably be wise not to buy that product, and the best choice of all would be to only buy whole foods that don't have ingredient lists, such as "watermelon", "celery", and "avocados" and do your own food prep.

2. THEY WILL WEAKEN YOUR TASTE BUDS

Our taste buds are 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 in order to make them more addicting.

When you eat a lot of processed foods, your taste buds can become so desensitized from the unnaturally high levels of stimulation that they are no longer sensitive enough to fully appreciate the taste of natural foods like fruits and vegetables.


But the good news is that our taste buds are alive, and they only have a lifespan of about a month, so if you can avoid eating any processed foods for 30 days, and you don't add sugar, salt, or fat to anything, your taste buds will become a lot more sensitive, and once you have your "new and improved" taste buds you will start to notice the following changes...

- When you eat fruits, the natual sugars in them will taste a lot sweeter, and they will taste like candy.

- When you eat vegetables, the natual sodium in them will taste a lot saltier, and it will taste like they have been sprinkled with salt.

- When you eat avocados, the natural fats in them will taste a lot richer and creamier, and you will find that you can use avocado as a perfectly good replacement for things like butter and cheese.

It should also be noted that a lot of the foods that people are so addicted to 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.

"McDonald's" chicken nuggets are said to taste like paste before they are given all of their addictive flavor enhancements, which is why if you replaced the chicken meat with something like cauliflower you could make "cauliflower chicken wings" that were still downright addicting.



3. NO LOVE WAS ADDED

Imagine if you went to a restaurant, but right before you walked inside, you saw that all the chefs were outside taking a smoke break, and they were all really mad and complaining about their jobs. Would seeing that effect the meal for you?

Many adults swear that their mom's home cooking is the best food that they have ever eaten (even if their mom will be the first to tell you that they aren't very good at cooking) and this is because it was made specifically for them by someone who loves and cares about them.

Processed foods aren't made with love, nor are they made by people who care about your health and wellbeing, and in most cases processed foods are prepared by unconscious machines or by people who hate their jobs, and in some cases, they are even made using slave labor.

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

It might sound a bit "esoteric" to some, but eating foods that were made with love really does make a huge difference.




4. MISLEADING HEALTH CLAIMS

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


More and more people are starting to become "health conscientious", and processed food companies are trying to capitalize on this by putting health claims on their labels, and below are a dozen examples of claims that you can find on product labels...

"Low Fat"
"Low Carb"
"Low in Calorie"

"An Excellent Source of Calcium"
"An Excellent Source of Vitamin C"
"An Excellent Source of Dietary Fiber"

"No M.S.G."
"No Added Salt or Sugar
"No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives"

"May Help Reduce Your Risk of Cancer"
"May Help Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes"
"May Help Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease"

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

As a matter of fact, the produce department is full of foods that could make every one of these health claims. But we don't see health claims like these being put on fruits and vegetables, and instead what we see is processed food companies taking one of these claims such as "An Excellent Source of Dietary Fiber" and putting it on a box of kid's cereal to give people the impression that they are purchasing a healthy product, when in reality they aren't.

Sure, "Frosted Mini Wheats" cereal has a lot of fiber in it, but so does the cardboard box that it comes in, and if you really want to eat healthy, stick with modest wholefoods who don't even make any health claims, and who have so many health benefits that it would take a book just to list them all.



5. THEY ARE JUST AS ADDICTING AND HARMFUL AS DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND CIGARETTES

One time I was talking to a woman about why it would be best to avoid eating 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 was that she wasn't trying to be funny, and a lot of people really are addicted to processed foods.

In the documentary "Super Size Me", the man who lived on nothing but McDonald's food for 30 days said that whenever he was eating the McDonald's food, he would feel really 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. (If that's not a drug, I don't know what is.)

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

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world thousands of children in Africa die every day due to starvation, and what's mind-blowing to think about, is that the starving children in Africa and the overweight man in America who became trapped in his house are actually both suffering from the same problem. (Malnourishment)

The starving children 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 a lot of processed junk foods that were really high in calories, but were lacking in any real nutrition, so even though he was severely overweight, and even though it was due to overeating, he was "starving" for real nourishment.

EVEN ANIMALS GET ADDICTED

Anyone who has ever given their pet cat or pet dog processed food, knows that they can become addicted to it...






And even seagulls in touristy areas have become so addicted to the potato chips that tourists frequently drop on the ground, that there are countless pictures and videos on-line like the one below of seagulls actually sneaking into stores and "shoplifting" bags of chips...


Although pictures and videos like these might seem cute or funny to us, they shows the serious addictive power that processed foods can have over ANYONE who consumes them, and I strongly urge you to break free of this addiction, and to not give these foods to your pets or human loved ones.



6. DISCONNECT FROM NATURE

When you eat natural foods, it strengthens your connection with nature, and when you eat unnatural processed foods like a bag of "Doritos" or a bottle of "Coca-Cola" you are literally disconnecting yourself from nature. And if you want physical proof of this, simply go to a beautiful natural setting (like a beach) and take a look at all of the empty soda bottles and junk food wrappers that people will carelessly throw on the ground after consuming these products.

Raw fruits and vegetables don't take very long to digest, and this is because natural foods break down on their own very quickly, while processed foods are typically designed to not break down, so that they can sit on store shelves for years at a time without going bad. (You have probably seen pictures or videos of "McDonald's" cheeseburgers that are several years old but still look pretty much the same as they did on the day that they were purchased.)

"There is only one kind of food that won't go bad, and that is a food that already went bad."
- Douglas Graham

You are what you eat, and when you start eating foods that are more "natural" you will find yourself wanting to spend more time in "nature" and wanting to live more "naturally" in other ways too.





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