“The longer the shelf life the shorter your life.” -Unknown
Food has been made to be convenient, and that is where the nutrition was lost. Processed foods have little or no nutritional value, even though it might say it was fortified with certain nutrients. Whole foods on the other hand, are full of macro and micro nutrients.
Whole foods are what the body needs. They are full of macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins) which are made up of micronutrients. Micronutrients are made of vitamins and minerals necessary, in small amounts, for normal growth, development, disease, metabolism, prevention, and well-being. The body can’t produce these, as they can only be obtained through the diet.
Processed foods have little or no micronutrients. Processed foods have too much of trans-fats, additives, emulsifiers, salt, and sugar! There may be plenty of calories being consumed via processed foods, but since they have little or no nutritional value, they end up being “empty” calories. The food industry works very hard to convince us that processed foods are real food. One recent study linked ultra-processed food and a lower mortality rate. It showed 14% earlier death with every 10% of ultra-processed foods the study participants ate. (5)
Processed foods can lead to malnutrition, in which can lead to an infinite amount of health problems. According to Google, malnutrition is defined as lack of proper nutrition, caused by not having enough to eat, not eating enough of the right things, or being unable to use the food that one does not eat.
-Read the ingredient label, if it has more than a few ingredients, then it is processed. (Whole foods don’t have an ingredient label)
-Shop the perimeter when shopping at grocery stores.
-Start eating whole foods, that you like, than add a veggie or fruit, one at a time to each meal
-Start your morning off with a whole food smoothie
(4)https://thewholefoodnut.com/blog/processed-foods-vs-whole-foods/ COMBO OF ^ 3
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