What’s the deal with processed foods anyway? We know that they are bad and that we should avoid them, but why exactly?
Frankly put, because they lack nutritional value. To extend the shelf life of food a combination of salt, artificial sugars, and sweeteners, and various chemicals are added to many of the items on a grocery store shelf. These ingredients hinder the nutritional value of our food considerably and become far more harmful than helpful. Countless studies have shown that these manufactured ingredients lead to disease and discomfort—so what’s the solution?
Here are three tips to help you avoid processed foods and eat better:
- Read the label to see what is in your food.
- Avoid food that comes in packages; they are often heavily processed to extend shelf life.
- Shop local—buy your produce from local farmers and pick up items from your local bakery when you can, this is an excellent way to ensure that you are eating fresh.