Just like a car needs good fuel & additives to run smoothly, our body needs nutritious food to keep going. It is our food that builds and nourishes our bodies and provides the essential energy to carry out our daily activities. As they say, we are what we eat. Hence, in order to maintain optimum health, it is necessary to pay special attention to our everyday diet.
But given our crazy lifestyle, we are busier than ever now, and it is a struggle to make nutritious meals and snacks a part of our regular diet. And that is how we fall prey to easily available processed food.
What is processed food?
Processed food means food that has been altered from its natural state for preservation and convenience. Canning, freezing, refrigeration, dehydration and aseptic processing are some of the processing methods.
This kind of food has a longer shelf life but much of the nutritional value of food is lost during these processes. The food may become tastier but that is only because of the added unhealthy fats, sugar and salt. All three are associated with major health risks: excess salt can increase your blood pressure, excess sugar can cause weight gain and excess fats can increase cholesterol levels and thus the risk of heart disease.
Preservatives and additives enhance flavor and taste but rarely add to the nutritional value. In fact they are known to cause cancer and other diseases. Moreover, artificial food colors, which are used to only make food look more appetizing, are also believed to be cancer-causing agents. Artificial sweetener like saccharine, which is a substitute for sugar, enhances the risk of liver and bladder cancer. Aspartame is another sweetener, the use of which can cause neurological ailments, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, insomnia etc.
Some health risks associated with eating processed foods
Food processing removes essential nutrients, vitamins and fiber present in the food
On the other hand, eating food made from fresh, premium ingredients will help you live a long and healthy life as the nutritional value of all its ingredients is intact. Cooking your own food or purchasing and eating freshly-made food is the best way to ensure no preservatives, chemicals, or colors have been added to your food. But freshly prepared food loses its nutritional value over time, so the quicker it’s eaten, the more nutrients you gain from it.
The advantages of fresh over packaged food are manifold. Freshly cooked food is:
It is food that causes health issues and it food that does the healing. So, you need to be smart enough to make the right choice and we at eatnutri assure you that you shall never repent buying any of our freshly made, healthy and tasty snacks, which are delivered at your doorstep.
So eat wisely and stay healthy.