Don't Assume Processed Foods Are Healthy


Healthy Living Poster

You always shop for groceries on Mondays. Today, you enter your favorite supermarket on a mission. Desperate to lose weight, you’ve vowed to buy healthy foods. Because your life is hectic right now, you don’t feel you have time to cook each night. So, you immediately begin filling your shopping cart with processed foods you perceive are healthy. If you can relate to this scenario, you might want to rethink your strategy. Diets packed with processed foods generally don’t encourage weight loss. Consider the following popular items.

Ketchup

Because ketchup is made from tomatoes, many people assume it’s good for you. However, this delicious sauce is filled with waistline expanding sugar. In addition to sugar, ketchup contains an enormous amount of blood pressure inducing sodium.

Flavored Nuts

Nuts such as walnuts, pecans, and almonds are packed with filling fiber, protein, and healthy, monounsaturated fats. When eaten alone or paired with plain, Greek yogurt or dried fruit, nuts make a wonderful snack. Unfortunately, processed, flavored nuts often include extraordinary amounts of sugar, sodium, and added calories. Because even plain nuts are calorie dense, consuming a large serving of flavored ones can wreak havoc on your weight loss efforts. 

Fat Free Foods

When shopping for food, you might be impressed with the massive assortment of fat-free, processed items lining your supermarket’s shelves. Regrettably, eating fat-free, processed foods often does little to help you shed unwanted weight. In fact, consuming them may end up causing you to pack on the pounds instead. When fat is removed from foods, other ingredients are almost always added to make them taste good. Common fillers include. 

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Thickeners

While these ingredients may make fat-free, processed foods appealing, they also typically increase their calorie counts.

If improving your health and happiness is a priority, strive to limit your consumption of all types of processed foods. Shop for real, whole ingredients. Prepare more meals in the comfort of your home. If you’re ready to take the real food challenge, consider scheduling a free, initial consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you.

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