At one point or another, you've probably been told that you should avoid processed foods. Someone probably told you that if it comes in a box, or from the aisle section of the grocery store, it is an unhealthy food. But is there any truth behind that?
A processed food is a food that has been prepared in some way to change its natural state. This can mean:
It’s not all bad! Processed foods can be a part of a healthy diet! Whether a processed food is a good choice for your body depends on your personal needs and how much the food was processed.
Based on this list, you can gather that it is mostly the ultra-processed foods that can SOMETIMES be harmful for our health. This is because ultra-processed foods are often made with ingredients used in food preparation (like oil, sugar, flour) but aren't eaten on their own. As a result, these ultra-processed foods can be very high in calories and low in nutrients. The problem with foods high in calories and low in nutrients are:
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