Processed food is not illegal, and it tastes great. So why don’t eat as much as you can get? The crucial point is that it does not have the natural nutrients our body requires for health and longevity and which we find only in a healthy whole and balanced diet. Also, processed food comes with additional insufficiencies as you will learn in this blog. All scientifically validated by renowned U.S. & international medical schools and research institutions. Just read on.
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
Having diet in mind, preferably we think about delicious taste and satisfying our stomach with satiety.
While these factors are absolutely justified, they are not complete. I.e., we tend to overlook the fact that our body requires for health and longevity specific nutrients we only can tap from – yes - a healthy whole and balanced diet.
Unfortunately yet, focusing on processed food instead is not a ‘fountain of youth’ but comes with deficiencies of essential nutrients leading to disease and cut of life expectancy.
To be sure, these deficiencies cannot be compensated by vitamins and minerals synthetically added to processed food. Not to talk about those additional trace nutrients and antioxidants found in whole natural food our body is dependent on and which, again, you cannot substitute with processed food.
SCIENTIFICALLY VALIDATED PERILS
In fact, when we talk about the perils of processed food for our health and longevity, there is even more involved additional to the deficiency of vital nutrients, as follows.
For our health, soluble and fermentable fiber is a great asset. As it serves as a prebiotic supporting the friendly bacteria in our digestive system.
Unfortunately yet, this biologic benefit of fiber gets widely lost during the stage of processing. According to research at, inter alia, the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada, and Dundee University in Dundee, UK.
Another benefit of fiber is helping us to become sated with less calories, leading to less weight gain. Yet, also this benefit is lost with processing. According to research at, inter alia, Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam, Germany.
Not to forget about soluble fiber’s help with constipation. This benefit is lost with processing, according to research at, inter alia, the University of Leeds in Leeds, UK.
High Sugar Content
In many cases, processed food and artificially sweetened beverages has lots of added sugar. At first glance, this may seem harmless – but it isn’t. Rather, it has a highly problematic effect on our metabolism.
Even worse, high sugar load in the body is the cause behind of, inter alia, heart disease (as the # 1 chronic disease in our society), cancer (chronic disease # 2), also insulin resistance/diabetes (chronic disease # 3), high LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol, and liver disease, etc.
According to research at, inter alia, Touro University in Vallejo, California, the University of California in San Francisco, Davis and Berkeley, the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System in Sacramento, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea, and the University of Manchester Medical School in Manchester, UK.
While carbohydrates from whole foods are absolutely acceptable, the refined variety of carbs from processed food is not. Since the latter are broken down in the digestive tract too quick, causing spikes of insulin levels and of blood sugar, respectively. Leading to quite some chronic diseases.
Based on research at, inter alia, Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School – all in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital – both in Toronto, Canada, as well as the International Agency foe Research in Lyon, France, and Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Goeteborg, Sweden.
Processed foods are also loaded with cheap refined vegetable oils and fats turning into unhealthy trans fats with lots of Omega-6 fatty acids (don’t confound with very healthy Omega-3!). Supporting inflammation in the body, leading to heart failure in many cases.
Scientifically validated at, inter alia, at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, the University of New South Wales in Little Bay, Australia, and the National Research Council in Avellino, Italy.
Since processed food usually tastes good – only then many of us will buy it – chances are that too much of it gets into our digestive system.
This can cause not only overweight and obesity but many ailments and diseases in consequence (including heart failure, cancer and diabetes).
Based on research at, inter alia, the National Institute of Drug Abuse in Bethesda, MD, and the Scripps Research Institute Florida in Jupiter, FL.
Because of the usually good taste of processed food but lacking the negative consequences healthwise, addiction is the vicious cycle. According to research at, inter alia, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, and York University in Toronto, Canada.
IN A NUTSHELL
To make a long story short: consuming processed food is not illegal, and not shameful - and it is all but tasteless. So why don’t eat as much as you can get? The crucial point is that our body is an ecosystem based on natural laws, requiring those nutrients for our health and longevity we only find in in a whole and healthy balanced diet. Scientifically validated globally by renowned U.S. & international medical schools and research institutions.
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