The harmful effects of processed food and meat.

Processed food and meat, have been altered from their natural state for safety reasons and for convenience. The methods used for processing foods and meat include canning, freezing, refrigeration, dehydration and aseptic processing.

Dollars to doughnuts, if you live in the U.S.A.or Canada, some of your hard-earned dollars are likely being spent on this soulless treat. In 2000, Americans and Canadians– who rank among the lowest of industrialized nations in terms of life expectancy – spent approximately $110 billion on fast food; this figure is projected to skyrocket to $142 billion for 2006.

And doughnuts aren’t the only problem in Canada we have our own place is called Tim Horton from West to Est . The list of terrible things we mindlessly ingest in the name of nourishment is long. But just what are these dietary culprits comprised of? What makes them so toxic? And, most importantly, what are they doing to us?

The purpose of this article on processed food and meat is to simply shaded light on some of the dangerous ingredients we may be unknowingly ingesting, and the way in which we might be depriving ourselves of the most basic nutritional fundamentals.

Processed, Junk, and Fake Foods

Processed food and meat is made from real food that has been put through devitalizing chemical processes and is infused with chemicals and preservatives. Beef jerky, canned tea, jam, hot dogs, and low-fat yogurt with sugar or aspartame are a few examples of processed food.

Junk foods contain very little real food. They’re made of devitalized processed food, hydrogenated fats, chemicals, and preservatives, and include anything made with refined white flour. Canned breakfast drinks, cold/sugary cereals, doughnuts, drive-through foods, and soda are examples of junk foods.

Fake foods are made primarily of chemicals, and often contain gums and sugar fillers. Examples include bacon bits, bottled salad dressing, dehydrated soups, and instant coffee.

Energy Output > Exceeds Nutritional Input

These non-foods have one thing in common; it costs your body a great deal more to digest, absorb, and eliminate them than they offer your body in nutritional value – an extremely poor return on your investment that leaves your body sluggish and depleted.

Partial List of Unhealthy Processed Foods:

  • canned foods with lots of sodium.
  • white breads and pastas made with refined white flour, which are not as healthy as those made with whole grains.
  • packaged high-calorie snack foods, like chips and cheese snacks.
  • high-fat convenience foods, like cans of ravioli.
  • frozen fish sticks and frozen dinners.
  • packaged cakes and cookies.
  • boxed meal mixes.
  • sugary breakfast cereals.
  • processed meats such as:
    hot dogs.
    and other packaged lunch meats.
  • Processed meats might be some of the worst of these foods. Eating these meats may increase your risk of colorectal, kidney and stomach cancer. These processed foods and prepackaged meals are very convenient and popular.

    If you do shop for these foods, be sure to look for products that are made with whole grains, low in sodium and calories, and free of trans fats.

    Here is my Personal Recommendation Make sure you pay attention to serving size, too, and balance out the processed foods you eat with a delicious fresh salad and some whole grain bread.

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