Stay Healthy Research Team
Buying processed foods can lead to people eating more than the recommended amounts of sugar, salt and fat as they may not be aware of how much has been added to the food they are buying and eating. These foods can also be higher in calories due to the high amounts of added sugar or fat in them.
Research links ultra-processed foods to a number of health problems. People who eat more of the stuff are more likely to be obese, and have diabetes, heart disease, and vascular disease (that includes stroke), too. One recent study even tied the convenience foods to cancer risk.
Junk food high in sodium can lead to increased headaches and migraine. Junk food high in carbs can trigger outbreaks of acne. Eating excessive amounts of junk food may increase your risk of depression. The carbs and sugar in fast foods can lead to dental cavities
One way to reduce how much ultra-processed food you eat is by prioritizing unprocessed or minimally processed food. Unprocessed or minimally processed foods you can increase in your diet include: fruit and vegetables (both fresh and frozen) dried fruits and nuts with no added sugar, salt, or oil.
When you stop eating processed food and carbs, there will be a sudden drop in the amount of sugar or salt that you were imbibing. This could result in fatigue, irritability and headaches as your body takes time to adjust to the change.
Unprocessed or minimally processed foods: Think vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, meats, seafood, herbs, spices, garlic, eggs and milk.
Pick foods that are low in fat and added sugar and high in fiber and water. You will consume fewer calories but stay full for longer. This means an apple is a healthier snack than a bag of chips. Aim for fruits, vegetables, whole-grain snacks, and low-fat dairy.