We are writing about -Get fit and stay fit and as a nutritionist and a mom, I have a lot of topics in mind. Today I am sharing the benefits of leaving processed foods. I thank Charu for mentioning me in her post.
Food processing is a process where agricultural foods are transformed into other food forms. It may include raw flour, grinding grains. Food processing is an unhealthy form of eating as it endorses foods with worn-out nutrition, too much sugar, salt or very less fiber. Due to the addition of the excess of preservatives – the products obtain a higher shelf life.
Processed foods contain extra calories. When we eat healthily, the food provides nourishment to fuel your body in a healthy way. In the same way, when we consume something which is processed like – a bag of chips, pickles, biscuits, jams or bread – it lacks the essential nutrients and in turn, a person can gain unnecessary weight. Having said this, all processed food is not bad. If you learn how to read nutrition labels – it can help you greatly to maintain a healthy weight.Baking, canning, and freezing are few commonly used methods for food processing but it's not always unhealthy. #Nutrition #Health Click To Tweet
Great Skin –
Processed foods are one of the biggest reasons for skin breakouts. Excess oil and artificial ingredients can play a havoc with your skin. When you have natural foods that are rich in antioxidants and fiber-rich – you will slowly but gradually get a clearer and a glowing skin.
Full on Energy –
There are days when you wake up sluggish, but then there are days when you feel like an energy bomb and feel that you can achieve anything. This happens because of what you may have consumed the night before. Processed foods can deplete your energy source and make you feel tired and lazy. You will feel energetic once you leave processed food completely.
Mood swings –
Who knew! Phew. If you have been having mood swings all of a sudden, you may want to check what you have been eating lately. As discussed above, processed foods do not contain adequate nutrition that nourishes your body, leaving your body depleted of essential nourishment. When you eat mindfully, your body gets the nutrition it needs and stays balanced.
Better Sleep –
Processed foods contain high amounts of sugar and salt. These both ingredients can play a havoc with your sleep and can give you restless nights. Increased sugar may result in an increase in blood sugar and results in a disturbed night of sleep.
Managed cravings –
As we have been mentioning above, processed foods contain a high amount of salt and sugar and hence can result in a spike of blood sugar. Moving to natural wholesome foods can help you, manage your cravings as your body will be fueled with the right nutrition.
It’s a known fact that increased empty calories, poor diet in your daily diet that can lead to low immunity in the long run. Processed foods that comprise of artificial trans fats and sugar, predominantly fructose, may upsurge inflammation in the body.
Brain Health –
Did you know when you eat whole foods that nourish your body – it helps you with better brain health. Inflammatory food forms that are high in sugar, processed carbs, unnatural fats, and processed foods may lead to impaired memory and learning in the long run.
A list of processed foods to avoid –
- Tinned fruits and vegetables – They have extra sugars and preservatives to increase the shelf life.
- Frozen foods such as french fries, meat products, or anything which you store in the freezer for a long time.
- Easy and ready to made foods, microwave foods, ready meals etc.
- Instant cake and baking packets.
- Drinks like sodas, packaged and canned juices.
- Any food which contains excessive levels of fat, salt and sugar are also categorised as processed foods.
How to avoid/leave processed food –
- As most packaged foods have nutritional information available at the back, make sure to read the labels before buying anything. It’s a good habit to read labels and nutritional information.
- Reduce outside bakery food and items especially when you are not sure of the ingredients used in it.
- Eat products made out of fresh and whole ingredients.
- Buy seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Last but not least, Cook at home and its the best way to eat healthy as you are in charge of all the ingredients you use.
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October 10, 2018 at 2:25 pm
I agree with your view on processed foods, Deepa. As a nutritionist and a Mom you have double checked all the information you share with us, which is why I love and trust your posts.
October 10, 2018 at 2:42 pm
Thanks Mayuri for your kind words.
October 10, 2018 at 2:27 pm
Also, consuming nuts like walnuts and cashews in moderation can help.
October 10, 2018 at 2:44 pm
Nuts are healthy but avoid processed ones. the salted cashew nuts or almonds are not that great. Thanks Venkat for reading.
February 14, 2020 at 8:10 pm
You are welcome. I am interested in millets, and trying to cook millets items, and I have a fairly huge database of recipes.
October 10, 2018 at 3:30 pm
Deepa, this is such an essential post. Very informative and important to imbibe in daily life.
October 10, 2018 at 4:04 pm
Thanks Aesha. Glad you liked it.
October 10, 2018 at 3:45 pm
So so agree with you, Deepa! Sugars and processed foods can give us high, but for limited time, however their effects are worse on the body. We too have started eating seasonal and local and fresh homemade.
October 10, 2018 at 4:01 pm
October 10, 2018 at 7:59 pm
Very informative post Deepa, and I agree food is fuel of your body and healthy diet do lots of positive changes to our body. indeed, leaving processed foods help a lot to improve our physical and mental well being. and I had observed the same positive effects especially during my pregnancy when I had followed a strict healthy diet.
October 11, 2018 at 2:59 pm
Coming from a nutritionist who’s a great cook too, this advice must be followed beyond doubt.
I believe in eating healthy but once in a while the craving hits. We can always snack on something healthy like nuts or fruits rather then digging into a bag of chips!
October 11, 2018 at 8:01 pm
A very informative and timely article. Earlier people do this better it is.
October 11, 2018 at 9:26 pm
Wonderful post Deepa… I totally agree with all your points as I have experienced it after embracing the nature cure way of life. Thanks for writing such an informative post.
October 12, 2018 at 11:13 am
Thank you Deepa for such an insightful post, your blog is a rich source when it comes to nutrition and eating right. Love the way you explained each point with details.
Thanks for tagging 🙂
October 12, 2018 at 11:40 am
It’s very informative post.. Must follow for all..
October 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm
Yes processed foods must be consumed minimally as you’ve mentioned. Thank you for this detailed informative post, Deepa.
October 12, 2018 at 3:35 pm
Thanks Rachna for stopping by.
October 12, 2018 at 8:10 pm
I knew all the side effects of processed foods except for mood swings! I mean who could think of that? But I feel you have a point there. Am going to sit and mindfully think through my diet now.
October 13, 2018 at 10:24 pm
Very informative post… I too have shifted to natural and home cooked foods. My daughter is 4 and she is hungry every 2-3 hours. Instead of biscuits and chips I started giving her raw tomatoes, carrots and cucumber.
October 15, 2018 at 2:41 am
Sadly I’m guilty of using frozen French fries to ease my workload.
But, I know that it’s time swap it.
But, rest I’m all about clean eating
October 16, 2018 at 12:35 pm
Lack of energy was one of the main drivers for me. I have started reassessing my daily diet and eliminating processed foods as far as possible.
October 16, 2018 at 6:21 pm
I totally agree with your thoughts Deepa and coming from an expert nutritionist like you, I will blindly follow your recommendations. Thanks for sharing!
October 17, 2018 at 8:12 pm
Oh, Deepa, I’m so glad at you mentioning frozen, ready-to-fry foods. I feel they’re the worst ever culprit.
They lack nutrients & encourage fast food consumption as well. And well, I agree with every single thing you said about processed foods & that’s been a huge nudge for me to give them up forever.
October 19, 2018 at 8:38 am
That’s a very informative post, Deepa. I avoid the ready-to-eat packet foods to a great extent, but still needs lot of improvements in my diet to stay fit and full of energy.
October 19, 2018 at 10:29 am
Processed foods are indeed a bane. I remember once going to a punjabi dhaba and ordering Karela sabji. We were provided with karela (Bitter Gourd) sabji and the bitterness had been completely removed. And my wife never allows us to order Kareal sabji when we go to that restaurant again because she feels they are robbing the bitter gourd of all its nutritious value by adding some preservative and removing the bitterness. I believe Bitter Gourd is useful to the body only if you eat it bitter.
October 19, 2018 at 9:10 pm
Love how you shared the effects of these foods on aspects other than weight! Immunity and low energy is what all of us complain of!
October 19, 2018 at 9:22 pm
Thanks for sharing, yes I always make sure we skip processed food and make sure to give more of home baked food .
October 19, 2018 at 10:34 pm
Home cooked is always safer and tastier. My mom in law says that home cooked fried dishes also don’t harm our body as much as the market foods do.