The Skinny on Processed Foods
When you want to lose weight, real foods provide you with important vitamins, minerals and fiber, not to mention taste. Processed foods, on the other hand, are problematic in a number of ways. If you're really serious about losing weight, real foods and a good solid weight loss plan like the one from the Metabolic Research Center will come in ahead of processed foods every time.
The term “processed” should be a key. In the course of processing, these foods are typically stripped of their original nutrition – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and more. Think of the difference between a loaf of squishy refined white bread and the home-baked goodness of whole wheat bread you make yourself. Canned and even frozen foods often have lower vitamin content because the heat-sensitive vitamins can be damaged or destroyed.
One of the first steps in processing foods is often fiber removal. In addition to removing valuable vitamins and minerals, this strips away the insoluble material which is absolutely essential for your digestive health. Raw foods are typically higher in fiber than cooked foods. Raw vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains are a much better choice than any processed food when it comes to fiber.
The whole process of eating is important: chewing food mixes it with saliva and begins the digestive process; smaller pieces are easier for your digestive enzymes to break down. Real foods make you eat more slowly, as they must be thoroughly chewed. This gives your blood sugar a chance to rise slowly and let your brain send out “I'm full” signals that keep you from overeating (satiety).
Your body knows what the good stuff is and craves it. Feed your hunger and promote your health with real food. You'll lose weight and feel better.
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