Sometimes it is hard to follow the advice not to eat too much processed food. Actually, some processed food fills an important nutrition gap safely and conveniently. Ok, maybe not what’s in the candy bowl. 😉
Much processed food is junk of course. Any time a food is altered from its original state, it is considered “processed.” Anything with a lot of unhealthy fats, sugar or sodium added can be problematic. People usually are more inclined to keep their good habits if they start the transition slowly to fresh foods. Complementing your meals with healthy snacks like fresh fruit will help. Use fewer sugary beverages, processed meats, and use garlic or pepper instead of a lot of salt.
- Minimally processed foods retain most of their inherent nutritional and physical properties.
- “There’s no need to go cold turkey today — and often, if you slowly ease into a less-processed eating plan, your likelihood of continuing your wholesome new habits increases.”
- Ultimately, half of your plate at lunch and dinner should be fruits and vegetables,” King said.
“The challenge lies in knowing which ones to include in your diet and which processed foods pose a problem.”
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