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Why we should avoid processed foods

Sugar and highly satisfying junk foods activate the same area in the brain as a drug like cocaine.

Sugar and highly satisfying junk foods activate the same area in the brain as a drug like cocaine.

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Most kids don’t know how dangerous processed foods can be. According to medicalnewstoday.com, people can become addicted to processed foods. Sugar and highly satisfying junk foods activate the same area in the brain as a drug like cocaine.

Artiness Mingo, a nursing student at Phoenix College, explained why processed foods are so unhealthy.

“Processing foods removes the needed/healthy nutrients and some are replaced by synthetic unhealthy ingredients,” she said.

Processed foods are frequently high in trans fats vegetable oils and are unhealthy because they are often hydrogenated. We burn less energy when we eat processed food. In most cases, processed foods don’t have enough fiber. During the manufacturing of processed foods a lot of fiber is either lost or taken out on purpose. And that’s not good, because fiber is needed in the human body.

Carmen Lappen, the South Mountain High School nurse said, “Chemically processed food can be harmful because we over eat it.”

Some examples of processed foods are boxed cereals, cookies, candy, chips, canned food, and some meats.

“Studies for the effects of processed foods [have] not really been conducted. It’s best to avoid them as much as possible,” said Mingo. “With the rise of cancer [and] obesity illnesses we should really try to eat healthy. It’s worth the sacrifice.”

The best way to a have a healthy meal is using fresh food. Lappen gave some examples of what a healthy meal looks like.

“Combine protein – meat, fish, eggs, nuts, or dairy – with veggies, whole grains and small portions of fruit at every meal,” she said.

“A healthy meal would be colorful,” said Mingo. “It would contain your whole grains, bright veggies. Lean meats … basically your whole foods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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