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tell me the difference ,as you see it ,between processed foods and whole foods?

which category would you place
whole grain breads with all natural ingredients
whole grains pastas
whole grain tortillas, wraps and pita bread
corn meal
whole wheat flour
nautral cheeses and dairy products
natural peanut butter and other nut butters


Asked by munchkinaplenty at 4:05 PM on Aug. 6, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added ingredients, such as sugar, salt, or fat. Examples of whole foods include unpolished grains; fruits and vegetables; unprocessed meat, poultry, and fish; and non-homogenized milk.

    Not all processed foods are created equal. There can be processed healthy foods. The all natural peanut butter would fall into that category.

    The real problem with processed foods lies in heavily processed foods. They contain extra unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients often added to simply prolong shelf life or add color.

    I prefer not to consume foods that contain aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and other chemicals not necessary to the finished product.

    Answer by DawnA72 at 4:52 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Depends on how they were handled. Even soy milk can be processed. So can whole grain foods. Just depends on the "maker" of the brand and what not.


    Answer by elly25 at 4:12 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • I consider foods/meals made from scratch using primarily fresh fruits, veggies, and meats to be whole foods. Anything that is "mass produced," pre-packaged, or a "convenience" item I consider to be processed foods.

    Unless you make EVERYTHING yourself and from scratch, or you're a vegetarian, it's nearly impossible to live a completely whole foods lifestyle!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:11 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • um really? those are all whole foods.
    processed foods have preservatives & lots of sodium to keep them good for years in boxes and cans & unnatural products that arent good for you.

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 4:08 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • i agree with lorikeet, anything u can buy is tech processed at the company in some form, unless you grow it yourself, but that is if you really want to get technical

    Answer by oppsdiditagain at 4:13 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • to me processed means any foods that have 'junk' in them. High fructose corn syrup, byproducts, chemicals, dyes or artificial flavor. Whole and natural tend to go hand in hand.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 4:38 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • I am with LoriKeet on this.

    Answer by louise2 at 4:24 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • i dont have any idea. i dont worry about stuff like that

    Answer by kaysha at 5:07 PM on Aug. 6, 2010