At Soza Weight Loss, our professional experts have a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of whole foods. However, the food industry prioritizes processed and packaged foods to be more affordable and readily available than their organic counterpart. While this type of food can make your life easier, there are many disadvantages, especially to your overall health.
The following are problems found with processed foods:
- Lack vital nutrients. While fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, processed foods are the exact opposite.
- High sodium intake. One of the most common additives found in processed foods is salt, or sodium chloride. While sodium acts as a preservative to prevent the development of bacteria and provides flavor to processed foods, a high sodium intake can lead to harmful health conditions including high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, as well as stomach cancer.
- Rich in fat and sugar. These ingredients enhances the flavor of processed foods. However, you intake of processed foods can increase your risk in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular-related issues.
- Makes you angry and irritable. Processed foods lack the nutrients and vitamins necessary to sustain your daily energy levels and maintain a relatively content and relaxed mood.
In addition to avoiding processed foods, also limit the amount of times you decide to eat out. Louisiana is known for its spicy and succulent Cajon and Creole cuisine, which heavily relies on food high in fat and typically prepared by frying.
If you’re having a difficult time determining what to eat in order to maintain good health or lose weight, do not hesitate to contact our experts who run our Louisiana weight loss program today.