Are all processed foods bad for you?

What Is a Processed Food?

The word “processed” has become identified with “bad for you”. Technically a processed food is a packaged item that has undergone a method of preservation to help increase shelf life. So boxes of cookies and loaves of white bread are processed, but so are canned protein and dairy products.Processed Foods to Cut Back On

Sugar: Be on the lookout for sugar. It’s found (often in high quantities) in places you wouldn’t expect, like flavoured yoghurts, pasta sauces and savoury snacks.

Frozen Meals: Whether they are low-calorie options or not, TV dinners and the like are not a healthy choice. Instead of whole foods, you’ll find lots of preservatives, sodium and fillers.

Commercial Baked Goods: Check the ingredient lists on premade muffins, cakes and cookies — you’ll find a long list of ingredients. The homemade version may be more time-consuming, but it will always have the shorter ingredient list.

Condiments: Many bottled sauces contain high amounts of salt and sugar. Cover your food in these sauces and the calories pile up.

Processed Foods to Eat More Of:

Canned Tuna: canned foods are processed, an affordable and convenient source of lean protein.

Milk: To keep milk safe, it is processed by pasteurisation, a heat treatment used to kill harmful microorganisms. An important source of nutrients, including protein, calcium and vitamin D.

Cheese:  Like milk but more concentrated, (It takes 10L of milk to make 1kg of cheese) cheese does contain more sodium and fat, so keep portions small..

Frozen Fruits and Vegetables: Freezing is a method of processing, but there’s nothing unhealthy about fruits and vegetables that have been packed and chilled at their peak of freshness.

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