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101 Reasons to Quit Eating Processed Foods Forever

Posted by on May. 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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101 Reasons to Quit Eating Processed Foods Forever
Written by Jill Ettinger   

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It's almost impossible to go to the market without coming back with something in a box, bag, can or jar. The simplicity of eliminating steps in preparing our food is now commonplace. We cut corners because food manufacturers make it so unbelievably easy and cheap to do so. Certainly some processed foods are safer than others, and most of us recognize how truly lucky we are to have so many options at our fingertips. And that's just the point: When we change our food habits, we change the world.

It may seem as if processed food only affects our health, but there's a much bigger impact…and all the more reason for us to cut processed foods out for good. Need a little motivation in making the shift to a truly whole foods diet? Here are 101 reasons to stop eating processed foods…forever.

  1. Genetically modified ingredients are found in approximately 80 percent of processed foods
  2. They've been linked to cancer
  3. Stomach issues
  4. Environmental destruction
  5. Corporate greed
  6. GMO salmon may soon be in our food supply
  7. GMO sugar beets already are
  8. So is GMO corn
  9. GMO soy
  10. GMO canola
  11. GMO cottonseed oil
  12. And GMO alfalfa
  13. As well as GMO squash
  14. GMO papayas
  15. And soon GMO apples
  16. GMO pineapples
  17. Pesticide residue is found in many processed foods
  18. Pesticides cause neurological disorders
  19. Reproductive disorders
  20. And developmental problems in young children
  21. They may be killing off our important bee populations
  22. And birds
  23. And bats
  24. And dragonflies
  25. Artificial colors cause behavior issues
  26. Artificial flavors do too
  27. Like MSG
  28. High fructose corn syrup is genetically modified
  29. It spikes blood sugar levels
  30. Chemical preservatives are as yucky as they sound
  31. Carrageenan causes cancer and digestive disturbances
  32. What is Butylated Hydroxyanisole? Why would you eat something named that?
  33. Conventional eggs can contain salmonella
  34. And the hens were treated like horrible, worthless slaves
  35. Growth hormone rGBH is in many processed dairy foods
  36. Growth hormones in dairy cause hormone problems in the people who consume them
  37. Carmine—a red coloring—comes from bug shells
  38. Most raspberry flavoring comes from a gland extracted from a beaver's anus
  39. Real food doesn't need stabilizers
  40. Or anti-caking agents
  41. Mad Cow Disease
  42. Pink Slime
  43. Meat Glue
  44. Avian Flu
  45. Swine Flu
  46. Nanoparticles
  47. Refined grains cause health problems
  48. Packaging waste
  49. Packaging toxins
  50. Gelatin comes from pig hooves
  51. Bug particles are common in processed foods
  52. Excessive sodium causes high blood pressure
  53. And heart disease
  54. Excessive fat clogs arteries
  55. Especially trans fats
  56. Hydrogenated oils
  57. Fractionated oils
  58. Confectioner's glaze comes from beetles
  59. Nitrites cause cancer
  60. Sodium benzoate is toxic
  61. Brominated vegetable oil is too
  62. Processed food is made by machines
  63. And poorly paid workers
  64. The world's top food manufacturers destroy rainforests
  65. They require long hours
  66. Employ child labor
  67. And lie about their impact on the planet
  68. You're usually paying for big brand marketing efforts rather than quality ingredients
  69. Subsidies are given to giant corporations while small farmers struggle to stay in business
  70. Monsanto and other biotech companies were just granted "immunity from the courts" so they can push out GMOs even if a judge says they can't
  71. Processed foods are meant to sit on shelves for months or longer
  72. Processed foods use a lot of fossil fuels in production and transport
  73. Factories cause pollution
  74. Food in packages causes food waste—a $100-billion-a-year problem
  75. Sugar consumption causes diabetes
  76. And obesity
  77. And behavioral disorders
  78. And skin conditions
  79. And more health problems
  80. Hidden gluten
  81. Hidden soy
  82. Hidden animal fat
  83. It's not food made with love
  84. Fresh food tastes better
  85. Fresh food is more recognizable by your body
  86. When you make it yourself, you enjoy it more
  87. When someone cooks for you, it's a gift of love and kindness
  88. We are what we eat
  89. And what we eat eats, too
  90. There are more nutrients in food made from scratch
  91. And more water
  92. And more fiber
  93. And more antioxidants
  94. Meals made from scratch are unique one-of-a-kind works of art
  95. Foods made in factories always taste the same
  96. Microwaves destroy food
  97. Cooking is interactive
  98. It's stimulating
  99. It's fun
  100. Anyone can do it
  101. Even you.

 

Jen #1238904688930684906

by on May. 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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talia-mom
by Gold Member on May. 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM
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diabetes.org disagrees sugar consumption causes it

coronado25
by Silver Member on May. 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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I just don't even know where to begin on the mythology above.

 That being said, I cook and eat very simply, but not because of any of the "reasons" above.  It is because what I like to eat just happens to be way over cooked veggies (ha ha yes with the nutrients "boiled out of them" and I live a stone's throw from a Mexican butcher shop where I see the animals coming off the truck from the ranch up the  hill twice a week.  

Never owned a microwave, currently use only stove and toaster oven and do not have refrigeration or freezer...just an ice box.   But none of this because of any political or idealogical reasons.  

But I am no more afraid of  the evils of processed foods than I am afraid of vampires.

Lizardannie1966
by on May. 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Sugar consumption does not cause Diabetes.

Or are you referring to something else? If so, sorry I've misunderstood.

Quoting talia-mom:

diabetes.org disagrees sugar consumption causes it


talia-mom
by Gold Member on May. 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM

number 75 on the list says

  1. Sugar consumption causes diabetes


I was saying it disagrees with that


Quoting Lizardannie1966:

Sugar consumption does not cause Diabetes.

Or are you referring to something else? If so, sorry I've misunderstood.

Quoting talia-mom:

diabetes.org disagrees sugar consumption causes it




Lizardannie1966
by on May. 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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I would LOVE to be able to cook less processed foods and we're about three-forths of the way there and even have our own sustainable vegetable garden.

However, based primarly on our budget and the fact that............damnit, Little Debbies and Jif PB still exist (among other really yummy but totally bad for you things)..........we'll still have some processed foods around here.

Lizardannie1966
by on May. 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Thank you for clarifying and again, I am sorry for misunderstanding. :)

Quoting talia-mom:

number 75 on the list says

  1. Sugar consumption causes diabetes


I was saying it disagrees with that


Quoting Lizardannie1966:

Sugar consumption does not cause Diabetes.

Or are you referring to something else? If so, sorry I've misunderstood.

Quoting talia-mom:

diabetes.org disagrees sugar consumption causes it





Talee
by Gold Member on May. 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM


Quoting Lizardannie1966:

I would LOVE to be able to cook less processed foods and we're about three-forths of the way there and even have our own sustainable vegetable garden.

However, based primarly on our budget and the fact that............damnit, Little Debbies and Jif PB still exist (among other really yummy but totally bad for you things)..........we'll still have some processed foods around here.

Honestly me too...we still have it around but I've cut wayyyyyy back.

 

Jen #1238904688930684906

Lizardannie1966
by on May. 18, 2013 at 11:57 AM


Quoting Talee:


Quoting Lizardannie1966:

I would LOVE to be able to cook less processed foods and we're about three-forths of the way there and even have our own sustainable vegetable garden.

However, based primarly on our budget and the fact that............damnit, Little Debbies and Jif PB still exist (among other really yummy but totally bad for you things)..........we'll still have some processed foods around here.

Honestly me too...we still have it around but I've cut wayyyyyy back.

I'm a Type 2 Diabetic so I really have to watch my consumption of these types of foods. I am allowed them from time to time but in moderation and using tremendous portion control.

Talee
by Gold Member on May. 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM


Quoting Lizardannie1966:


Quoting Talee:


Quoting Lizardannie1966:

I would LOVE to be able to cook less processed foods and we're about three-forths of the way there and even have our own sustainable vegetable garden.

However, based primarly on our budget and the fact that............damnit, Little Debbies and Jif PB still exist (among other really yummy but totally bad for you things)..........we'll still have some processed foods around here.

Honestly me too...we still have it around but I've cut wayyyyyy back.

I'm a Type 2 Diabetic so I really have to watch my consumption of these types of foods. I am allowed them from time to time but in moderation and using tremendous portion control.

We are all just trying to be healthier, diabetes runs in my sons dads side of the family. I feel better when I eat more fresh veggies and fruits, I eat a lot too lol

 

Jen #1238904688930684906

stormcris
by Christy on May. 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

All well and good but my doctor just put me on only processed food but ,,,,hamburger id processed, and anything else that is not in its natural form is processed . So while yes some processed foods are bad, there are others which may not be. But right now I have to eat all the processed I can and especially have to stay away from fiber and anything green.

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