Processed foods are known to be very harmful as a diet saboteur. It has a very bad reputation as it causes rapid weight gain, high blood pressure as well as Type 2 diabetes. But not many people have clear idea about what actually processed food is. Processed food is more harmful than canned cheese, potato chips boxed macaroni and drive-thru hamburgers.
Processed foods are actually any food that has been altered during its preparation in order to increase its shelf life or to make it more flavourful. But a box of macaroni or any readymade microwavable meal can be considered as, on heavily processed since they’ve been chemically altered using artificial flavors, preservatives and other ingredients.
Here we will discuss about some major Health Risks of consuming Heavily Processed Foods
- Increased cancer risk.
Researchers have found that every 10 percent increase in intake of heavily processed food has caused 12 percent higher risk for cancer.
- Contains excess amount of sugar, sodium and fat:
Heavily processed foods often contain unhealthy portion of added sugar, sodium and fat. Though these ingredients make the food taste a lot better, but at the same time these ingredients leads us to severe health issues like heart problems, obesity, high blood pressure and even diabetes.
- Processed foods lacks nutritional value:
Heavy processing destroys the basic nutrients of the foods, that’s why you won’t actually benefit from consuming them as the essential minerals, vitamins and other nutrients have been literally stripped off those canned foods.
- High in calorie:
If you are on diet then consuming processed bagged foods like pasta, salad dressing, even yogurt or pre made meals can be detrimental for you as you will consume more calories than its unprocessed counterpart. Though you will feel good eating these processed foods as they are made to stimulate our brain’s dopamine hormone making us addicted to these processed foods in the future. If you are already addicted with canned or precooked meals, it must be difficult for you to cut the amount of processed food you often consume. But if you look at its dangerous outcome it won’t take you much time to realize how much damage you are causing to yourself on a daily basis. You can gradually replace consumption of processed foods with more freshly cooked foods. In fact if you are too busy, you can cook in a larger batch as this will be more convenient and healthy option for you.