Ever wonder why every dietitian, nutritionist or personal trainer recommend eating only whole foods and lean organic meat/poultry/fish?
There is a huge secret big name companies are hiding behind labels of processed food. You may find processed food very healthy from the nutrition labels and other benefits mentioned on the packaging.
But did you know how much these processed foods can be harmful to your diet and weight loss efforts?
Stick around and we’ll tell you how.
How eating whole foods is healthier?
Whole foods are foods that do not go through a process of packaging or methods to increase its shelf life. This means that they do not have any added fat or sugar or any preservatives. All of these added to food makes them very unhealthy for consumption.
Whole foods also offer more nutrition compared to processed food. For example, eating whole foods will get you more vitamins, mineral and fiber.
Processed foods that are packaged or go through preparation are almost always loaded with tons of extra sugar and salt. This is done to increase the shelf life of the food item.
In return, you get to consume all that sugar and salt which ultimately increases fat in your body. So if you are following a diet, never eat processed food even if the packaging says low fat or low sugar.
Remember, low fat or low sugar means that the manufacturer has added chemical alternatives which are very harmful to your health and they actually don’t help with your diet in any way.
So now that you know processed foods are bad for you, what do you eat?
The answer is simple!
Anything that is not packaged or comes from a factory you don’t see is harmful for your diet.
Things you can eat
When following a diet that strictly prohibits processed foods, you can often run out of options to eat. Let us show you what you can eat when you are on a pure whole food diet.
In your eat to list, you can add whole grains such as whole wheat, barley, rice, lentils and other grains. Or you can simply eat raw organic vegetables obtained from an organic food vendor.
Organic vegetables and fruits are fruits that do not have harmful chemicals in them. Farmers and big companies use several chemicals and drugs to increase the growth of the fruit and vegetables. They also use pesticides to keep the fruit safe from insects.
All these chemicals and pesticides become a part of the fruit and vegetables and when we consume them, we also consume these drugs and chemicals.
If you love meat, chicken or fish, always go for grass fed organic lean meat. Organic lean meat comes from animals that are grass fed in free roam farms. All poultry and fish are treated in the same way.
This meat is not only healthy but is also free from hormonal drugs that most people use to increase the growth of animals. Any meat you find in the market will have gone through a process of increasing its growth.
These kind of meat is harmful to you and is also not a good option when you are on a diet.
Other things to note
Remember that not all food is necessarily bad for you when bought from a super store. Try to learn reading the labels in full detail. If you find any food having large quantities of sodium or sugar in it, it is likely processed.
You can also see if the manufacturer has added any preservatives. You will usually find every nutrition label mentioning if preservatives are added or not. This should help you pick the right food.
Last but not the least, you can always add supplementation to your diet such as Garcinia Cambogia. Just like whole food and processed food, there is a big difference in natural weight loss supplements and non-natural supplements.
Aim to find natural weight loss supplements because these are healthier and always come with no adverse side effects properties. They are also very effective and don’t mess with the functions of the body.
Most natural supplements work to aid in increasing metabolism or suppress your appetite, so they are a very good option to add in to your existing diet.
is a registered dietitian with over 10 years of experience in the field of nutrition. She has a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science from Dhaka University and has worked with various clients to help them achieve their health goals through personalized diet plans. Mounota is passionate about educating people on the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle and has written extensively on the subject for various publications.
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