Processed foods are cheaper and easily accessible, which is why today it is found in the kitchen of millions of Americans. We feed it to our family and ourselves, undeterred by the fact that they are actually poisoning our system little by little.
The rate of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer is rising rampantly, and one of the main culprits for that is processed foods.
If your shelves are still filled with canned foods, cereals and boxes of cookies, do yourself and your family a favor, and read this article through.
Here are 5 ways how processed food is killing you slowly:
1. It can cause Autoimmune Diseases-
The prevalence of multiple sclerosis, eczema, asthma and other autoimmune diseases are soaring, and research shows that processed foods could be the main culprit. These foods are heavily laden with sodium, which can cause some of our T helper cells, specifically Th17, to act very harshly. In a study, researchers found that when people ate at fast food restaurants more than once a week, their levels of self destructive immune cells increased as well. Scientists have confirmed these findings in animal based research studies involving rats.
2. It’s a heart killer-
Processed foods are filled with trans fats which are man-made fatty acids that are produced during hydrogenation process. They prevent the production of prostacyclin, which stimulates smooth blood flow and hinders the formation of blood clots. Commercial fried foods are also high in oxidized cholesterol which are formed when vegetable oils with unstable polyunsaturated fat is heated in high temperatures. It encourages the formation of thromboxane which then causes blood clots. By hardening your arterial walls, they can also cause atherosclerosis. The chronic inflammation destroys the integrity of our blood vessels and actually causes cholesterol molecules to stick to it more. The high sodium content in processed foods can elevate your blood pressure, which then increases your risk for heart disease as well. Whichever way you look at it, processed foods is a heart killer.
3. Very low in nutrition-
Whole foods are nutrient dense, while processed foods are high in calories but are lacking in essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and good fat. Instead of nutrients, processed foods are filled with refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, flavorings, preservatives, sodium, trans fats and saturated fats. This can only lead to weight gain, and a reduction in your longevity.
Because the processed foods are heavily refined and stripped of most nutrients, it makes it almost too easy to digest, and it takes very little energy to do so. In just one sitting, we end up eating a lot of them, be it cookies, chips etc, because it takes no effort to digest, and in the process we rake in lots of calories, but burn very low calories while digesting them.
In one experiment, participants were either given whole food or processed food meal to eat. The results showed that those who ate whole food based meal burned twice as much energy digesting it than the processed food group.
4. It is addicting-
Processed foods are highly addictive. According to Michael Moss, a New York Times investigative reporter, one principle that processed food industry is run by is called the sensory specific satiety, which refers to a depression in the desire for a certain food, and it is caused when big, strong flavors overwhelms the brain. To get around this problem major processed food and drink brands, like Coca Cola, strategically uses chemical flavors that are strong enough to make your taste buds like them, but not too powerful where it shuts down the desire for it in your brain.
The next reason might explain why potato chips are so addicting, and why you can never stop with one. This can be attributed to the “Vanishing calorie density” problem. Certain foods like Cheetos and chips are made in such a way that it almost melts in your mouth, which then tricks your brain into thinking that it has almost no calories. So then you keep eating Cheetos without ever feeling full because for your brain…as the food disappears, so does the calorie.
Last reason that makes processed foods so addictive is SUGAR. Research shows that sugar can be even more addictive than cocaine.
5. The Cycles of Refined Carbs and Cravings–
Processed foods are loaded with refined carbohydrates that causes harsh fluctuations in blood sugar. These wild blood sugar shifts can mess up your brain’s reward and addiction center. In fact, refined carbs can induce cravings several hours after being consumed.
Where the carbs from vegetables and grains take a long time to digest, causing the glucose level to raise slowly, the refined carbs such as those present in high fructose corn syrup rapidly elevates our blood sugar.
Since they don’t have much fiber, they leave people hungry and even make them overeat. It can cause insulin resistance which can then increase your risk for diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer.
The easiest way to add years to your life, and to get a beautiful and healthy body is by eliminating all the processed foods. Do it for a month and see what you experience.
If you want to lose weight, but are stocking up the majority of your grocery cart with processed foods, all your efforts will be futile.
Try a processed free life, and see how easily that weight comes off.
In the comments below please tell us: What is one way to are eliminating processed food from your household?