LIST OF PROCESSED FOODS
It seems like everywhere you look in a grocery store you will find processed
foods. To make matters worse, the big food companies are creating new ones
almost every day. To get a general sense of just how massive the processed
foods market is, we have created this list of all the processed foods we could
think of. Sadly, the list could actually be many times longer than it actually is
if we were to actually go through and write out every example of processed
food on the market today.
For your convenience, we have created a list of processed foods are breaking
it up by category. Some foods could be listed in multiple categories, but
we’re just listing them once each.
PROCESSED FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Yes, even fruits and vegetables these days are being processed and sold. Here are a few examples of
processed fruits & vegetables:
Jams & Jellies
Tomato Pasta Sauce
Meat is a healthy part of most diets, but all too often they are processed and
packaged to make them more convenient. Check out these examples of
Canned Meats (SPAM, Most Tuna Fish, etc)
Cured Meats (Lunch meats)
Some Frozen Meats
Most Pre-Cooked Meats
PROCESSED BAKED GOODS
Baked goods are almost always processed when found in the
supermarket. Occasionally you will find freshly baked options but even those
may have processed ingredients so make sure you ask how they were prepared
Cake (and Cake Mixes)
Pop Tarts (and similar foods)
FAST (CONVENIENT) FOODS
This is the one category where most people know that the foods are
processed. Despite this, however, they are still extremely popular.
Granola Bars (and bagged granola)
Almost all Energy Bars
Most Canned Soups
Roasted & Salted Nuts
Dairy is another category where most people don’t realize that these foods are
processed. There are some items in this category that can be part of a healthy
diet, but keeping the processing to a minimum is a good practice.
Milk (In some areas you can get raw milk, which is not processed)
Snack foods are typically going to be heavily processed and should always be
avoided completely or at least minimized as much as possible.
SNACK FOODS (CONT.)
Honey (You can buy raw honey, which is not processed)
Shredded Coconut (You can buy unprocessed coconut in some areas, which is not
Sugar Substituted (Equal, Sweet & Low, etc)
Drinks, other than water, are almost always going to be processed in the supermarket.
If you want to drink something unprocessed, consider juicing your own fruit at home.
Juice Flavored Drinks
Coffee (you can buy raw coffee, which is unprocessed)
Tea (You can buy raw tea, which is unprocessed)
OILS, FATS, SALTS & MORE
Oils, fats, and other products are typically going to be processed.
Most Seed Oils
It can be overwhelming to try to eliminate processed foods from your
diet. Arming yourself with knowledge and always being on the lookout for
items like those listed above can help to make it easier to eat fresh and eat
If you are interested in learning more about the effects of processed foods,
please visit AvoidProcessedFoods.com