Examples of processed foods are lollies, soft drinks, chips, juices, milk, soups, nuts with additional flavours, pasta dishes, frozen pizzas, biscuits, cakes, processed/cured meats ie. salami.
They come with various additives (sugar, salt, preservatives, artificial flavours, etc.) and stay ‘edible’ for a long period of time before decaying.
They are processed in factories, mostly packed in plastics, and are transported in long distances.
The life of processed foods
The foods may have travelled miles before arriving at the shop.
The ingredients may have been imported from overseas countries where the sources are less in quality.
The foods may have been processed in the factory that processes other foods.
The meals may have been cooked in the food industries, prepared by numerous people and machines.
Fast foods are usually cooked in trans fat, which is an unhealthy oil that could be days or weeks old, maybe longer.
Frozen foods may have partly thawed during the transportation then re-freeze in the shops.
The packaged and ready-made meals may have high amounts of sodium (salt), sugar, preservatives, artificial flavours, and other additives that are dangerous to our health.
Some marketing are false. For example, gluten-free food are from the factories where they process food with gluten.
It is much fresher, safer, and healthier, if the foods are sourced from the local or nearby produce (farms, direct outlets and markets), and are home cooked.
That is why it is important to be mindful when choosing the foods you are eating.
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