How Processed Foods Can Harm Your Health

More Nigerian are now basically relying on processed and canned foods such as noodles which have become the major food in up 99% of Nigerian families even people residing in the villages and remote areas.

Processed foods are those foods that have been modified in content; the water, fiber and nutrients in the food are removed automatically by processing machines. Eating processed food can stimulate a compound in the body system that acts as a neurotransmitter thereby making you get addicted to such food without knowing that they cause harm and destruction to the body system due to certain preservatives (food chemicals) that have been added to preserve them.

 

Most people will be surprised about the mention of food chemicals; the truth is that there are basically two major ways of food processing which include the mechanical and the chemical processing; mechanical processing is applicable to sole ingredient foods so they will just be ground and bottled or packaged but they are still real food but the harmful one is the chemically processed food where the ingredients have been refined and replace with artificial substances.

 

There are many ways that this chemically processed food can be harmful to health, which includes all of the following;

  • Processed foods have a lot of chemical ingredients; every chemically processed food has lost its healthy and natural food content whereby the major contents become lots of combined flavors, preservatives, texture and colorants for the purposes of providing specific flavor, prevention from decay, good textures and food coloring respectively.

Though all of them have been tested to ensure that they are good and health-wise before using them, however, these artificial chemicals are not healthy for the body as they accumulate when used over time.

 

  • Every food that has been processed chemically has totalyl lost the nutrients contained in the food when compared to natural foods. Artificial vitamins and minerals are been used either to appreciate the chemically packed foods which are NOT replacements for whole food nutrients. 

And the more they are been consumed, the more you lose the important nutrients that should be gotten in real foods.

 

  • These artificially packaged foods contain a high measure of sugar and glucose-fructose syrup; sweeteners made from corn starch. They are been added to the processed foods to make them hyper palatable to human taste but harmful on the other hand.

These sugars are NOT good substitutes for the natural sugars contained in all whole food (carbohydrate) so don’t assume that are equivalent to natural sugar. Even sugar on its own has no trace of nutrients; it is just empty calories that affect the human body negatively but has high energy content.

Some harmful effects of sugar, when consumed in a large amount, are: disastrous metabolic slowdown, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer so be aware and be warned as well in other not to fall a victim.

 

  • Processed foods contain highly refined carbohydrate and low fiber; these carbohydrates found in processed foods are simply distilled which causes quick impale in the insulin and blood sugar. Fiber in real food is a very crucial part of healthy balanced diet that helps in preventing the body from certain diseases such as diabetes, cancers and others and also improves digestive health; but these fibers are lost or rather removed during the processing stage and thereby given the processed food no or low fiber content as the case may be.

 

  • High content of vegetable processed oil or Trans-fat (fat which usually occur in little quantity naturally but industrially becomes widely produced) mainly found in snack food, margarine, packaged baked foods and others. These foods are high in vegetable oil and refined fats which are harmful to the body.

 

Many people become so addicted to processed food due to the hyper palatable additives and this may be because of their flavors, textures and mainly taste. The manufacturing industries will always look for the best way to improve on their industrial processed food so that the number of consumers will definitely increase. Processed foods can be hyper rewarding because the processors go extra mile on the resources but they have low nutritional value.

 

Therefore, it is necessary to take precautions about industrially processed or packaged food and is always advisable to eat real/whole food. Forget about some of the untruthful food labels that may say that the packaged food contains whole grains or natural food substances - once it’s not a whole food it’s not good for consumption.



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