Truth be told, everywhere that we look there are processed foods staring right back at us. We literally can’t turn the aisle at the grocery store without seeing hundreds of nicely, neat little packaged and processed foods just waiting to be bought and fed to our families.
What would happen if we stopped buying processed foods and just all decided to eat natural, fresh foods instead? While I can’t be certain, I think that the results would be amazing in how it changed the eating habits and health of our families! If you are looking to step away from the processed foods, and back into the land of eating from the land, here are some reasons that you should do so!
5 Reasons to Avoid Processed Foods
Processed foods taste…processed.
No one wants to taste “tasteless” food, do they? How many times have you bought something from the store and took one bite, to know immediately that it tasted NOTHING like what was advertised on the box? It’s all too common when it comes to processed food!
Processed foods are low in nutrients.
So many times I find myself telling our kiddos that if they want something that is flavored “apple” to just go and eat an apple instead. If you take the time to read the ingredients on the labels of those processed foods, you’ll find out that they aren’t jam-packed full of many nutrients at all.
Processed foods tend to be made with a high amount of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
What is the point of adding sugar and high-fructose corn syrup to literally everything? It never fails that if you like at the majority of processed food labels, those two ingredients will be listed very close to the beginning of ingredients. The higher up on the list of ingredients means that more of that specific ingredient was used. I don’t know about you, but my kids don’t need to have those two ingredients become an everyday staple or part of their food group.
Processed foods are a short-term solution.
How many times have you eaten a candy bar or a bag of chips but felt hungry again in just a few moments? It’s because processed foods only make you feel full for a little bit. They aren’t packed full of nutrients and items that your body needs and stores so those “empty calories” just burn up quickly and you find yourself craving more and more junk food instead. Next time that you’re hungry, grab some veggies and fruits instead! They’ll help to keep you full, and give you healthy energy as well!
Processed foods contain dyes.
Not all, but some of them do. Other countries have banned certain dyes from being used in their foods, but for some reason, it’s still allowed here in the US. (Don’t even get me started on this topic!) Instead of feeding your children these dyes that other companies don’t allow, think outside the box and do natural dyes for your food you create. Veggies and fruits can create tints of color that can change the look of so many foods!
If at all possible, try to avoid buying processed foods for your family. While it can be a change in lifestyle in the beginning, it’s a great way to start having your family get on more of a healthy eating track. If this is something that is completely new to your family, start off by giving yourself a week goal of making it happen. One week of not buying anything processed will then turn into 2 weeks, 3 weeks, and then a month. Before you know it, you and your family will be eating much healthier without even thinking about it!
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