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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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The Truth About Processed Foods

The Truth About Processed Foods

We live in a fast-paced world that never slows down. With this hectic lifestyle and little time to cook, most of us have resorted to serving our families convenience foods off the supermarket shelves. But are these products really helping us? Sure, they save time in the kitchen and taste pretty good, but most of us know that convenience foods aren’t necessarily the best choices we could be eating. Yet almost ninety percent of household food budgets are spent on processed foods. But many people may not be aware just how dangerous a diet of processed foods could potentially be.

In the past, food processing was simply a way for people to preserve foods through canning, freezing, and dehydration. These traditional food preservation methods were perfectly acceptable. But with the Industrial Age, came commercially processed foods — and the hidden ingredients that could be detrimental to our health.

Today’s processed foods contain ingredients such as additives, artificial flavorings and colors, preservatives, sweeteners, salt, manufactured fats, synthetic vitamins, and other unnatural things. And at the same time, nutrients such as soluble fiber, antioxidants, and “good” fats are stripped away during processing.

With the advent of commercial processing, there seems to be a rising trend of cancers and heart-related diseases. Studies indicate many of the artificial ingredients in processed foods could be the culprits that cause many of our illnesses.

With this in mind, we all need to seriously think about getting back to the basics. Taking time to slow down and get back to eating more fresh, natural foods could be just what the doctor ordered!

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