Junk food is just junk by any other name.
No matter how sincere the commercials sound, or how happy everyone in those commercials seem to be when munching on their goodies.
We’ve been sold down the river by advertisers all our lives with promises of delicious, and questionable “healthy” foods.
The “snack foods” industry has used their ultra persuasive marketing strategies to convince us that their product is not just tasty, but good for us too.
Here are a few reasons to reconsider your choice of snacks:
They Are Loaded With Sodium
- Much of the sodium we consume daily doesn’t really come from the real whole food we eat. It comes from processed foods.
But then, maybe you prefer sweet stuff to salty snacks. Well….
- Your favorite soda is also loaded with sodium compounds, even though you can’t taste them. It’s one of the best-kept secrets of processed foods.
They Are Made Of Simple Sugars
The American Heart Association recommends limiting daily sugar intake to no more than 100 calories for women and 150 calories for men (six to nine teaspoons daily).
If you rely mostly on processed foods for “nourishment,” you’re getting much more of the harmful ingredients than you may suspect.
- You may notice that you’re either more constipated than your norm or are having looser bowel movements. Both are due to a lack of complex carbohydrates and fiber.
The simple carbohydrates in processed foods just enter the bloodstream and get absorbed quickly, disrupting blood sugar levels in the process.
As I was saying…junk food is just junk by any other name
On the other hand, natural foods consist of more complex, low Glycemic Index carbohydrates, and contain fiber to help promote healthy digestion and bowel regularity.
And, if this doesn’t convince you that junk food is just junk by any other name, there’s fat to consider.
Processed Foods Contain Artificial Fats.
Not ALL fats are bad. In fact, natural fats are essential and good for us.
The ones that have the bad reputation are primarily the Trans Fats.
- Trans fat is considered by many doctors to be the worst type of fat you can eat. Unlike other dietary fats, trans fat — also called trans-fatty acids — both raises your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lowers your HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
These are modified varieties of oils that allow it to stay solid at room temperature, where natural oils usually remain liquid at room temperature.
- Trans Fats are highly inflammatory (which negatively affect body functions) and are linked to multiple medical diagnoses, including Hypertension (high blood pressure), Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Strokes.
Many Processed Foods Contain Anti-nutrients.
- An example of an anti-nutrient is white potatoes. They prevent the absorption of other nutrients, lowering the nutritional value of the entire meal.
And guess what? White potatoes are a favorite ingredient found in processed food.
- They’re cheap, many people prefer them to sweet potatoes, and makes them a perfect choice to increase the profits of the processed food industry.
We’re frequently warned about the preservatives and “additives” found in junk food, fast foods, and processed foods.
The truth is that NO food is meant to be kept for months without spoiling, or turning rancid. Yet, processed foods are kept for months and months thanks to additives and preservatives.
The additives are chemicals that artificially extend the life of foods, and more often than not, they are hazardous to your health.
Even though many are “safe” in very, very low concentrations (and approved for human consumption by the FDA), they’re frequently used in amounts far greater than their safe limits, and unfortunately, eaten much more often than occasionally.
So, while we can’t fully blame the FDA for approving these chemicals, that people eat processed foods more than once in a while, needs to be a consideration.
No matter the claims on their labels or their commercials, processed foods are not natural. At the end of the day, junk food is just junk by any other name.
Choosing whole foods, closest to their original source. is still the best option for maximum health, longevity, and prevention of the medical problems that plague us these days.
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