Basically any food that is modified from its original state is processed, If you go to a supermarket 90% of the products are processed. This includes but not limited to:
- Breakfast cereals
- Tinned vegetables
- Savory snacks, such as crisps, sausage rolls, pies and pasties
- Meat products, such as bacon, sausage, ham, salami and paté
- “convenience foods”, such as microwave meals or ready meals
- Cakes and biscuits
- Drinks, such as milk or soft drinks
Why are foods processed?
To make different kind of foods
To have a longer lifetime / keep things longer
To keep the consistency of shape, taste or form
To be able to make foods
some food are less processed than others.
Why are most processed foods unhealthy?
For example, Ingredients such as salt, sugar and fat are sometimes added to processed foods to make their flavour more appealing and to extend their shelf life, or in some cases to contribute to the food’s structure, such as salt in bread or sugar in cakes. Buying processed foods can lead to people eating more than the recommended amounts of sugar, salt and fat as they may not be aware of how much has been added to the food they are buying and eating. These foods can also be higher in calories due to the high amounts of added sugar or fat in them.
And actually processed foods are really bad for the environment as well! Do you what it takes to make a loaf of bread in a factory of a muffin, or whatever?
Loss of nutrients during milling process, when making flour.
In addition processed foods almost always contain one or more of the below:
– High amount of sugar and salt
– Artificial flavors, colorings, preservatives, etc.