The Pros And Cons Of Processed Foods

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People in the United States think that fruits and vegetables that are canned or in the freezer section at the grocery are healthy, but they could be wrong. Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables contain harmful chemicals to the human body, which makes organic fruits and vegetables a safer option. NHS Choices stated that, “Processed foods aren 't just microwave meals and other ready meals. The term 'processed food ' applies to any food that has been altered from its natural state in some way, either for convenience. Food processing techniques include freezing, canning, baking, drying and pasteurizing products.” It might be easy to grab and go because most Americans are always on the go, but they do not know what is in the processed foods …show more content…
According to Thebetterhealthstore.com, “The top toxic ingredients in processed foods are palm oil, shortening, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and artificial colors.” Palm oil is oil from the fruit of certain palm. Now that sounds healthy because it has the word fruit in it, but it is not. Palm oil is harmful to our bodies since the edible oil is high in saturated fat and low in polyunsaturated fat. Because of the amount of saturated fat in palm oil, consuming it increases the risk of heart disease. Another ingredient that can be harmful is shortening. Shortening is defined as, “butter, lard, or other fat, used to make pastry, bread, etc., short” (dictionary.com). This is harmful to the human body because it has such high cholesterol levels that it can lead to heart disease just like the palm oil. Another ingredient that could be damaging to the body is high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener made from corn. It is composed of 55 percent fructose with the remaining sugars being primarily glucose and higher sugars. That is a lot of sugar going into ones body, even when eating the smallest of foods. On top of those ingredients that are harmful are artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are substances that are used in place of sweeteners with sugar or sugar alcohols. Another way to define artificial sweeteners is by calling them …show more content…
There is a difference between eating processed foods occasionally and all the time. It is not harmful to the body if someone eats processed foods three times a week because that is not enough days for food to affect their body in a bad way. On the other hand, eating processed foods every day of the week can really take a toll on your body. Eating processed foods can cause sickness, weight gain and it will cause a loss in motivation. For example, my sister eats processed foods all the time. She eats it for breakfast, sometimes for lunch and always for dinner. From her eating it so much, she has dark bags under her eyes and no energy to play sports. When she goes to practice or plays in games, she seems to be too lazy and lacks any motivation to do anything. Disregarding sports, she is sluggish when it comes to cleaning up around the house or playing with her friends outside of school. Staying away from processed foods has had the opposite affect on me. I do eat processed foods, but not nearly as much as she does. Since I eat healthy most of the time, with some processed foods, I have so much energy and I do not have dark bags under my eyes. As a result of staying away from processed foods, the difference between my sisters body and mine is

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