According to the NHS, processed food is any food that has been altered in some way during preparation. Basic examples of processed foods are Freezing, Canning, Baking and Drying.
Is there such a thing as unprocessed food, for example, fish or meat cooked plain, organic that have not had any form of contamination. Organic Fruits and Vegetables cooked plain, again without any chemical contamination. Sounds real enough, but all could be classed as processed foods.
The meaning has been distorted, we all think processed foods as being bad, but anything that’s picked and packed is processed food. So Is everything bad?
If you buy organic carrots well they’re processed, but I think we can all agree organic carrots are probably in the whole good for everyone, right? So how do you know whats ultra-processed or minimally processed and what highly processed foods are causing health problems. It’s all very confusing.
The advice from the NHS is that total fats, saturated fat, salt and added sugar are the main problems with processed foods and that these are added to improve flavour or taste. But what are they missing or choosing to ignore, well most of the other issues. Apart from saturated fat (See our post: The High Fat Ketogenic Diet & Lyme Disease) I agree with the NHS, but they are missing probably 75% of the issues out.