Processed foods are (rightfully) earning a bad rap. They are known for their unhealthy levels of added sugar, sodium, and fat– all ingredients that can lead to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Processed foods are the archnemesis of good health, and yet, they make up over 60% of the American diet. And if you’re not sure if something is processed, ask yourself if it’s commercially packaged and not in its natural state. If your ancestors wouldn’t recognize it many generations ago, you are likely looking at a processed food or drink.
With that being said, it’s not feasible for most people to go 100% processed food-free, but it is possible to reduce the processed food in your life significantly– like with the ‘you make it; you eat it’ strategy:
- Sure, you can have potato chips if you’re willing to buy, wash, peel, chop, and fry the potatoes.
- Of course, you can have a cookie if you’re ready to mix all the ingredients, keep an eye on them in the oven, and clean the dishes afterwards.
- Absolutely you can eat bread, as long as you make it from scratch.