How bad are processed foods?

How bad are processed foods?

Posted on June 12, 2014

Yesterday, I watched the documentary, “Hungry for Change” again to stay motivated on healthy eating. We have been eliminating processed foods slowly from 2 years. A mindset change has happened but the behavior change has not happened to the desired extent. I know it is a process and it will take time and we will get there sooner than later.

I personally think that staying away from processed foods is not a fad anymore. More and more people are doing that. The other day I heard about how some celebrities eat food only from their home gardens. As some folks say, the future is already here who can afford it.

There is so much info out there about how bad processed foods are and most people are aware of it. As a reminder to myself and to those who are already on that journey, here are some info graphics that will do a much better job of explaining visually.

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If some of you are still on the fence whether processed foods are bad then take a closer look and educate yourselves. I have no doubt in my mind that processed foods are bad. Since there is a lot of conflicting info on the internet, I recommend that you start with the documentary, Hungry for Change and good luck on your journey to healthy eating.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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  • Reply Amrutha June 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

    This is an interesting topic.
    If a drug is not good for human body, it would not be allowed to be manufactured/distributed in the market (at least legally). Like wise, if some(processed/GM) food is not good for health why should it be allowed?
    I have recently attended a presentation on Genetically Modified foods at Boston museum and the answer is nothing was scientifically proven. There were some research findings stating that GM food does not have negative impacts and the alarming part is that these researches are funded by the Manufacturers who most likely want to promote GM foods.
    That left me at an alter – Should I wait till the researches are clear – it might be too late by then. Or should I eliminate GM foods from now? The only thing stopping me from complete elimination of GM/processed foods is the cost. Why are organic foods so expensive? Health is incomparably precious – Are the sellers taking advantage of organic foods?
    Sometimes due to pollen, even organic farms might get contaminated with GM foods.

    I have been following Tony Horton(Creator of P90X) since 2 years. He says eat like our ancestors/grandparents. They would not know what today’s processed foods are.Know each and every ingredient in the label. Go for one ingredient foods. Eat the foods closer to their natural form.
    I would like to apply this on organic sweet potato chips.
    Do ancestors eat/Know these? NO
    Are these closer to Natural form? NO
    Do you know all the ingredients listed on the Label? To some extent
    Is this one ingredient or few ingredients? NO
    The answer is a big NO to stay away from processed though they are marked Organic. Not everything marked ‘Organic’ is good for us.

    • Reply Shakeel Akhtar June 13, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Amrutha, thanks for the comment.
      You are right, in my honest opinion any processed food whether organic or not is not a good choice. I used to eat Organic health bars thinking they are better than a snack but have now come to realize these bars are processed too and thereby unhealthy.
      I have never looked into P90X even though heard a few of our friends following that. How is it working for you?


      • Reply Amrutha June 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

        I haven’t Done P90X. I completed P90X3, P90, Insanity, T25 and now doing Body Beast. So far I have lost like 35+lbs in 1.5yrs and learnt so much about health and fitness. T25 and Body Beast are my favorite ones.

        Looking forward to more and more discussions on health and fitness.


        • Reply Shakeel Akhtar June 15, 2014 at 8:40 am

          WOW! 35lbs in 1.5 yrs, that’s amazing. I have not heard of most of these fitness programs. I will check them out.


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  • Reply Charlene Ryan May 31, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Hi, i just happened upon your blog, because I was writing a similar story and found the picture through a search. Thanks for the info and what a great chart. Be blessed. Thanks.

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