5 Reasons to Avoid Eating Processed Foods

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Although they're designed to be both convenient and easy, processed food products provide limited nutritional benefits to the body. With lengthy lists of unrecognizable ingredients, preservatives and additions that have been altered far beyond their natural state, these products are having a significant and highly negative impact on human health. Following are 5 reasons to avoid eating processed foods:

1. Processed Foods Can Be Addictive

Given that most processed food products are loaded with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and considerable amounts of sodium and fat, they actually have highly addictive properties.

People get used to the taste of these unhealthy additions and often begin to crave them. In addition to affecting the palate and its requirements for salt and sugar, processed foods also have an impact on consumer moods.

Salt, sugar and fat provide an immediate sense of comfort and gratification -which is why people often find themselves reaching for packaged cookies, potato chips, baked goods and other refined food products when feeling stressed, overwhelmed or depressed.

2. Processed Food Lead To Obesity

Many of the dangers of processed foods are weight-related. Any small amounts of pre-packaged, processed far can have a considerable impact on a person's fat and calorie intake.

Given that these foods do not supply an adequate amount of essential nutrients and quickly convert into sugar, they do not provide any lasting satisfaction. After munching on a bag of chips, people are often still hungry, even though they have consumed large portion of their daily-recommended calories.

Conversely, a fiber-dense and natural food like an apple, will provide a sense of lasting fullness while meeting the body's energy requirements at a very nominal amount of calories.

Or better yet, why not take a 130-calorie, nutrient-dense scoop of Kylea’s Total Living Drink Greens? Not only will your hunger be satisfied but you will be providing the body with over 7 servings of superfoods, probiotics, enzymes, antioxidants and more.

3. Processed Foods Are Convenient And Lend To Eating For Convenience

Getting in the habit of choosing foods for convenience can be a very bad thing.

Ready-made goods can be grabbed and taken on the go and once people stop cooking for themselves or seeking foods that are closest to their natural state, they become far more likely to start going through the drive-thru for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This likelihood is further increased by a growing need for meals and snack that contain an inordinate amount of sugar, sodium and fat.

4. Processed Foods Are Linked To Degenerative Disease And Cancer

Cellulite is hardly the worst of a person's concerns when constantly eating fast foods and processed food products.  This type of fare is consistently linked to cancer and degenerative disease across numerous, reputable studies.

The unrecognizable ingredients that these products contain can wreak havoc on the body.

Moreover, people who eat these foods become more predisposed to the development of visceral fat or fat that gets stored around the organs, rather than just beneath the surface of the skin, like subcutaneous fat.

Excess amounts of visceral fat create an increased likelihood for heart disease, fatty liver disease and a host of other, serious health problems. Once the internal systems become overwhelmed by the countless toxins that these foods contain, the risk of cancer also increases.

5. Misleading Labels

Among the greatest dangers of processed foods is the potential for misleading labels and the widespread use of dishonest marketing strategies.

Foods that are far removed from their natural state are not good for the body, irrespective of how they are packaged and promoted. Unfortunately, efforts to convince the public otherwise have made it hard for many consumers to distinguish between healthy fare and foods that are better left on store shelves.

This is problematic for people seeking to lose weight, manage weight-related health issues such as diabetes and hypertension and limit their intake of salt, sodium and fats.

In fact, many of these products contain a host of unrecognizable ingredients that make it hard for people to know what they're putting in their bodies at all.

The most common questions among health-conscious consumers are how to avoid these products.

Most diet and health experts recommend steering clear of products that have five or more ingredients, ingredients that are difficult to pronounce or are unrecognizable and inordinate amounts of sugar, fat and sodium, irrespective of how these are listed or the names that are used for them.

Choosing foods that are served closest to their natural state will invariably provide the best benefits for the body and make it easier for consumers to practice diligent weight maintenance.

The Total Living Drink was created with this in mind. One scoop will provide the body with everything it needs to experience higher levels of health and energy.

And though we don’t encourage you to eat processed foods, even if you do, isn’t it nice to know that at least once a day you are consuming an incredibly healthy meal or snack that can help compensate for other poor diet choices?

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