Processed Food and Your Family

What’s processed food, anyway?

Processed food means that it has been altered in some way before it arrives to you.

The typical American supermarket is filled with processed foods with cute eye-catching wrappers accompanied with clever advertising to lure you, and mostly your kids, into buying them.

They often have a long list of ingredient names you have never heard of or can even pronounce.

Also, most have additives, flavors and sugar to make your taste buds think they are yummy, along with preservatives to make for a longer shelf life.

Much of our food, especially the grains we eat, are highly processed which essentially strips the grains of their most essential nutrient qualities.

Even the “whole-grain” bread you buy at the supermarket is processed in some sense and is lacking in large amounts of fiber and other nutrients that wheat and other grains naturally offer.

Processed wheat, such as what is used to make the loaves of white bread, is sorely lacking in nutrients.

One study found that refining wheat to make white flour takes away 87 percent of the fiber and vitamin B6, 84 percent of the magnesium, 81 percent of the manganese, and 80 percent of the zinc that is naturally present in wheat.

Also, the rapid rise in highly processed foods and the proliferation of dangerous chemicals, hormones, and additives in the industrial food diet has led to several medical conditions that affect the body´s ability to properly absorb the nutrients that we need.

Our human ancestors in many parts of the world have been eating wheat-based diets to survive for thousands of years. Recently, however, the frequency of Celiac disease and other negative reactions to diets high in gluten has begun to rapidly increase.

Why is that all of a sudden our bodies can´t properly process wheat?

Recent studies have begun to discover a link between Celiac disease and the industrial farming methods that rely on using the herbicide glyphosate. 

In fish that were routinely subjected to glyphosate, they developed severe digestive disorders that didn´t allow them to properly digest the food they eat.

For people who eat a diet high in processed foods, not only are they eating food that is nutritionally deficient, to begin with, but they may also be developing long-term, chronic medical conditions that negatively affect the way their bodies digest and process foods.

All of these nutrients are essential to our family’s health, and chances are that much of the processed foods that make up the everyday diet, even the so-called “healthy” diet, are also sorely lacking in needed nutrients.

Read the Labels

As quick and convenient as it is to zip through the grocery store without pausing to examine your goods, neglecting to read labels can be detrimental to your family’s health.

The general rule of thumb is to stick with foods made out of ingredients that you can recognize and pronounce (for the most part), and the shorter the list, the better.

Keep an eye out for additives, preservatives, and artificial flavors and colors.

Even foods labeled “healthy” or “natural” may be misleading, and assuming that your old standbys and staple foods have stuck to their original formula can be faulty logic, as well.  Food companies often modify their recipes over the years, based on diet fads and consumer demands.