Processed foods are a common feature in many stores and homes in South Africa. The popularity of processed foods with many consumers is attributed to the fact that this type of food is available in all seasons and is convenient for busy people looking for quick access to meals. However, research shows that there are numerous disadvantages attached to processed food. Below are some of these disadvantages.
-Processed foods are obtained from laboratories and not from nature. Most of these foods are genetically modified and may cause gastrointestinal disorders, infertility and damage to your organs.
-Frequent intake of processed foods can make people angry and irritable due to the chemical ingredients used. Consumption of natural whole foods can help level out your mood, sustain energy levels and leave you feeling content and relaxed.
-The fats and sugar present in processed items can cause tissue inflammation, an unhealthy condition that leads to asthma.
-Eating processed foods on a daily basis promotes aging and kidney damage as they contain phosphates and genetically engineered ingredients.
-The carbohydrates you find in processed foods are usually refined, “simple” carbohydrates. These lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels and cause negative health effects.
-Most highly processed foods are loaded with artificial chemicals, including flavourants, texturants, colourants and preservatives.
-For many people, junk foods can hijack the biochemistry of the brain, leading to downright addiction and causing them to lose control over their consumption habits.
Health effects listed above should make any consumer think twice about processed food.