In today’s society, convenience often takes precedence over health. This relates to foods as well. Processed foods are often the fare of choice, especially in families with children, because they are easy to buy, easy to prepare and are infinitely portable.
It is important to note, however, that there are real food options that provide many of the same conveniences as processed foods, yet provide more nutrients and fewer harmful side effects. But, to understand how this works, it’s important to understand what processing actually means.
The term processed, as it relates to food, means to change a whole food from its original form into something else. This can mean anything from heat pasteurizing milk to grinding peanuts to make peanut butter. Many real foods are “processed” but not in such a way that they are no longer nutritious. Ultra-processing foods, on the other hand, not only change a whole food from its original form, they also add a slew of chemicals and additives are added so that it is impossible to tell where the food came from in the first place.
The goal for healthier eating isn’t to avoid all processed foods, but to stay away from foods that no longer remember where they came from. This is because the more a food is processed, the less nutritious it becomes.
Some “processed” foods that are still good for you include:
There is virtually no difference between fresh fruit and frozen fruit. The freezing process does not add anything to the fruit. It just allows the fruit to remain fresher longer.
Canned beans are just as nutritious as beans that are soaked overnight and cooked all day. It is important, however, to look for BPA-free canned beans. This ensures that you get the ultimate in convenience without the potential hazards of BPA exposure.
In many cases, it is simply not practical to make large batches of chicken broth to use in cooking. But, boxed broth is just as nutritious and doesn’t take up nearly as much space in the freezer. Check the label and stick with those using minimal ingredients and avoid those that contain ingredients you can’t pronounce.
String cheese is nothing more than regular mozzarella cheese that has been heated to create the stringy configuration. The heating process does not destroy vital nutrients and nothing is added to the cheese to create the texture.
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