Processed Foods vs. Clean Whole Foods

At Soza Weight Loss, we are asked a lot of questions the food industry. Words like organic, GMO, fresh, natural or local are used as advertisement tactics to provide their reassurance for their customers. However, there are only two categories of foods: processed foods and clean whole foods.

Processed Foods

Processed foods are made by utilizing manufacturing methods to alter raw ingredients into packaged goods which contain natural or artificial agents, enabling them to maintain a longer shelf life and to be prepared for consumption more quickly. While not all processing is considered unhealthy, especially when done lightly along with the use of antioxidants and fermented foods, heavily processed foods relies heavily on fat, sugar and salt to excite our taste buds and make us crave more. However, they contain little to no amount of nutritional value which are evident in whole foods.

Whole Foods

Whole foods contain no artificial additives or preservatives and maintain their natural composition by experiencing little or no amount of processing. These type of foods maintain their vitamins, minerals, fatty and amino acids, carbohydrates, fiber and water, consisting of nutrients which are vital to human nutrition. However, these foods have a shorter shelf life and may require longer preparation compared with their processed counterpart.

These heavily processed foods and beverages stimulate obesity and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other types of cancers. Clearly, only whole foods can provide our bodies with the complete nutritional spectrum for optimal functioning.

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