Processed foods

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Processed foods have been altered from their natural state for safety reasons (e.g. pasteurization) and for convenience (e.g. fast foods and boxed meals). The methods used for processing foods include canning, freezing, refrigeration, dehydration, and aseptic processing.
Processed foods lead to many chronic diseases and health conditions that are currently plaguing the nation.

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Processed foods

  1. 1. Processed Foods: America’s Biggest Addiction A GREATER PROBLEM THAN THE ECONOMY!! Processed foods have been altered from their natural state for safety reasons (e.g. pasteurization) and for convenience (e.g. fast foods and boxed meals). The methods used for processing foods include canning, freezing, refrigeration, dehydration, and aseptic processing. Processed foods lead to many chronic diseases and health conditions that are currently plaguing the nation. Obesity – People who eat more fast foods and processed foods are more prone to obesity than those who don’t. Recent studies show that obesity in children can be reduced by 18% just by cutting down on processed foods. Diabetes – Processed foods contain huge amounts of sugar, which leads to diabetes. Even breakfast cereals have lots of sugar. Heart Disease – Almost all the processed foods have fatty acids, which raise the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Most of the processed foods are also high in salt. According to health studies, the number of heart attacks and strokes can be reduced just by cutting the salt in processed foods in half. Cancer – People who eat mostly processed food are 67% more likely to develop cancer (especially pancreatic cancer) when compared to people who don’t eat processed food. Women have a 57% chance of developing breast cancer if they eat more fast foods.
  2. 2. Flatulence and Abdominal Bloating – Excessive salt in processed foods causes bloating, can lead to dehydration, and cause water retention/swelling. Flatulence is the process of the body expelling the unwanted gases. Eating processed foods leads to excessive flatulence. Heartburn and Acid Reflux – Foods cooked in trans-fats such as French fries, chips, and processed foods cause acid reflux. Switch from processed foods to natural and whole foods to avoid acid reflux. Oily and overly spicy processed foods also cause heartburn. Gastritis and Peptic Ulcers – Eating processed foods every day causes gastritis and peptic ulcers. I never saw a person with H. pylori who followed a raw food diet correctly. (Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium in the stomach that causes gastritis and ulcers, and is related to stomach cancers.) Fast foods or processed foods have an impact on the brain similar to highly addictive drugs such as opium, heroin, and morphine. The combination of sugar, salt, and fat have the same effect as heroin and other drugs on the brain. As a result, processed foods are highly addictive and are the number one addiction in the United States. Processed foods cause damage to the human body similar to these drugs. Sadly, there are no laws to protect the consumer from the harmful side effects of ingesting processed foods. ____________________________________________________________ ___________ Dr. Fred Bisci is an organic and raw food nutritionist with over 40 years of experience helping people improve longevity and reduce the risk of diet related illnesses. He has assisted over 35,000 people to improve health by focusing not only on what goes into the body, but what is left out. For more information on
  3. 3. how a lifestyle rich in vitamins, minerals and water-plump fresh produce can help you feel better and live longer, visit: www.anydoubtleaveitout.com

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