View Full Version : Why are these things bad for you?

07-23-2004, 06:23 AM
I've been reading these boards a lot lately. There is a lot of talk about avoiding everything that's refined, enriched, bleached or processed. I was just wondering exactly why are these things bad for you? Also what do these terms mean?

07-23-2004, 09:37 AM
It doesn't matter what those processes are (I don't really know anyways), just know that no healthy human being eats much of them. They are poor sources of nutrition when compared to real food, and they actually cause long term stress on the body, making it more vulnerable to sickness. The "whole" foods build muscle better as well (yes there are some people who eat big macs everday and they still get ripped, but are they healthy?) Figure out the good from the bad; you can find that info everywhere on this site. :thumbup:

07-23-2004, 09:46 AM
There are many reasons to avoid processed foods...

They Ruin Your Taste
Processed foods often contain refined sugar, extra salt, and other flavor enhancers. Not only are these potentially unhealthy, but they dull your taste buds to natural flavors. The result? A need to eat more processed foods to get the taste you want, and natural foods that don't taste as good as they should.

Unhealthy Additives
Unhealthy chemical additives are added to foods so that they will stay fresh longer or to enhance color.

Hidden Ingredients
Processed foods often contain hidden sugar, salt and fat. All three of these contribute to health problems.

Mystery Ingredients
Many processed foods are filled with strange, indistinguishable parts and pieces. For example, hot dogs contain "edible offal": animal skin, snouts, ears, esophagi, and worse.

Lost Nutrients
Empty Calories. Processing takes a lot of the nutrients out of otherwise nutrient-rich foods. You get less of what your body needs.

Fortification Through Synthetics
To make up for the loss of nutrients during processing, synthetic vitamins and minerals are added. Although helpful, these synthetics are not as healthy as their natural counterparts.

Market Forces
When you spend money on processed foods, you encourage growth in this market. spending your money on fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, encourages others to enter this market.

Although fruits and vegetables often appear to be expensive, they are often less expensive than processed foods, particularly when the nutrient content is considered. Frozen vegetables, for example, often cost 50% more than their fresh equivalents.

They're Dead!
Much of the goodness is cooked or processed out of our foods. We do not benefit from the enzymes and nutrients the foods normally contain. Dead foods = Dead cells!

Processed food often has salt added as a flavor enhancer to encourage product sales. Significantly reducing processed food consumption is always a good idea. The general rule is that any food in a package has had salt added. Look at the labels on the food that you eat. If the sodium content per 100gm is greater than 0.2gm, the food is high in salt.

Avoid nutrient-stripped foods made of white flour, white rice, refined sugar and highly concentrated sweeteners. Look for foods rich in fiber, such as fresh vegetables and fruits, which level off blood sugar.

Refined carbohydrates are more readily absorbed than unrefined, and should be avoided in those with any glucose intolerance.

Unhealthy practices such as drinking coffee and soft drinks, eating sweets and other nutritionless foods contribute to the problem. When migraine and tension headache patients are placed on low-protein, natural plant-based diets, with no refined sweets of any type, they often recover within a month, never needing medication or further treatments to control their condition. If improvement is not complete, other detoxification techniques should be employed. When diet change has not yet produced its full effect, the use of cold and pressure are usually the most effective and practical means to control the pain.

Many doctors and researchers agree that the regular consumption of tasty, mostly modern, commercially processed foods is the primary cause of adult-onset diabetes. Consuming anything sweet, regardless of its calorific content, may be sending a signal from the mouth to the brain that more insulin is needed.

Refined carbohydrates in white flour or sugar can cause dandruff and should be avoided because they deplete the body of B-vitamins.