Take a look inside your kitchen cabinets. Open the door of your fridge. What do you see? How many processed foods do you eat in a week? If it’s too many to count, you need to modify your food diet. Eating too many processed foods can be detrimental to your health because processed foods are empty calories with very low nutritional value.
How do you go about reducing your processed food consumption? The answer is thinking before you eat.
You can start to gain control over your food diet by tossing out the processed foods you find in your fridge and throughout your kitchen.
What are processed foods?
They are any type of food that’s pre-made and stored in a box, container or can. The main reason processed foods are unhealthy is based on the amount of preservatives and sodium that the foods contain. If you feel you are wasting food by throwing it out, you can always donate your processed foods to a shelter or eat them in small amounts until you no longer have the food.
Next, browse the web for healthy food recipes. You will know whether it’s a healthy recipe if you’re only using whole foods to make it. With whole foods/ healthy recipes, you are never using too many ingredients.
Once you have selected some healthy recipes, you can make your grocery-shopping list. This will help you stick to buying the food items you truly need. Anytime you are in the market, always buy from the produce section and buy fresh meats. The majority of processed foods are stored in the inner aisles of the grocery store, so do your best to stay away from the aisles.
As for snacks, try to eat foods like nuts, fruits and vegetables rather than potato chips and candies. In addition to eating right at home, you can lower the amount of processed foods you eat out by eating meals that are relatively served in their natural form such as steak and salads.
By eating smaller amounts of processed foods, you will add years to your life.
According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, 40% of breast cancer cases in the U.S.A. could be prevented if people consumed less processed foods throughout their lives. Here are ways you can protect yourself from cancer and other prevalent diseases:
-Do not fry your foods. Instead, try to poach or steam your foods.
-To fight against cancer, drink red wine and eat plenty of fresh broccoli.
-Try to drink more water and less sweetened drinks.
-Buy local and eat fresh.
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Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and fresh seafood. We purchase 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.