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What’s wrong with processed food?

Mainstream opinion has given us the impression that processed foods in ‘moderation’ are an acceptable part of one’s diet and that no real harm will come of it.  However, to perform its huge array of internal functions, the body requires certain high-quality nutrients which it only gets from whole, unprocessed foods.

In an ideal world (without the overt influence of mainstream media and various social pressures), people would be far more intuitive about their food choices.  They would lean toward foods that provide the nutrients their bodies need in that particular moment, instead of those that simply taste nice. The fact of the matter is that we are – in the modern world – a far cry from living and eating healthily, in the true sense of the world.

Dead food

Processed food is effectively ‘dead’ food because it delivers little of value to the body.  You may notice that many of these foods have ‘added vitamins and minerals’ advertised on the packaging.  These ‘nutrients’ are usually synthetic (created in a laboratory) and are added after the (now nutrient-devoid) food is processed. As long as we continue to put into our bodies foods that are molecularly altered (processed), we’ll never achieve the great bodies and long-term health objectives we desire.

What are your options?

Instead of bread, choose wholegrain brown rice to create great packed lunches, together with chopped boiled eggs/chicken/lamb/beef/beans, olive oil, salt and pepper. As an alternative to box cereals choose rolled oats, leftovers or a homemade smoothie (blend banana, a little flax seed oil, cinnamon, plain yoghurt, nuts and seeds). Healthy snacks could be avocado, raw vegetables and humus, a few boiled eggs, a leftover chicken leg or some nuts and a small amount of fruit. Include as much raw food as you comfortably can – particularly before eating anything cooked, as this will supply your body with the much-needed enzymes it requires for digestion.

Eating more healthfully does not mean a world without chocolate, coffee and alcohol! It simply means less of it…

Tanya Wyatt, Happy Valley pond

Tanya Wyatt

Tanya has written regularly for various health and fitness magazines such as Men’s Health, Marie-Claire, Cosmopolitan and Shape (she also served on the advisory board for Shape), as well as for local South Africa newspaper publications. In 2004, Tanya wrote two internationally released health and fitness-related books, both  published by New Holland. She recently wrote her third book, currently submitted to publishers for consideration.


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