Are Processed Foods Killing Americans?


Line Workers in Food Production Facility

During the Industrial Revolution, great strides were made when it comes to preserving food and increasing their longevity during storage. The problem is that many of the methods and ingredients that were used are now posing health problems that many people were unprepared for. Allergies and food sensitivities are more common now, than ever before making many people wonder if it how are foods are prepared or what harm may be caused by the many ingredients that are used to lengthen their shelf life.

Chronic Diseases on the Rise

Reported cases obesity, diabetes and other forms of chronic disease continue to accumulate at an alarming rate. Part of the reason behind these trends is that foods that are formulated to last longer on the shelf often have fewer usable nutrients. The body must work harder to process fewer nutrients. As the body continues to struggle to digest foods that are less and less natural, the excessive amounts of calories these foods contain are allowed to accumulate as fat deposits in the body. The fewer nutrients the body receives, the poorer the person's health, making them more susceptible to many illnesses, both chronic and acute.

Unhealthy Additives to Processed Foods

Processed foods contain an abundance of unhealthy fats, sodium and sugars that can have a devastating effect on a person's health. Sadly, the foods that are often the most convenient are also those that pose the most risk to a person's health and well-being. What was once thought to be a blessing when it came to preserving food and saving time and money has now become a virtual death sentence to those who continually consume processed foods. Even those that are fortified with nutrients can pose a problem. Dieticians are now encouraging people to consume as many fresh foods as possible in an attempt to regain their health.

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