Happy Wednesday– Peyton here!!

As I mentioned in my previous post, before my yeast-free lifestyle change I was all about all things bad for me. I literally ate myself sick on a daily basis, not only in the amount of food, but the type as well. . .and my body was paying the price. 

A processed food is any food that has been altered from its natural state, often high in trans-fats, saturated fats, sugar and sodium.

With that being said, let’s talk about some of the problems surrounding these products.

1. One word: Sugar

Processed foods contain an overload of sugar. These are sometimes hidden sugars (High Fructose Corn Syrup or “-ose” chemicals) that cut down your metabolism and boosts your empty calorie intake. Yet they always make an unwanted appearance on your waistline.

2. The Periodic Table 

Okay, not exactly, but no one looks to ingest the chemicals listed on the scientific table now do they? However, this is exactly what happens in processed foods. Food additives like antibiotics, flavors, binders, and preservatives are just a few not-so-great ingredients. One in particular to be watchful for is MSG, which can eventually lead to a smattering of health problems.

3. Trans-fats: they’ll make you fat.

Not all fats are created equal. In fact, you need fat to burn fat, weird right? But with that being said, trans-fats (aka hydrogenated fats) are a big no-no. Your body notices that they are chemically produced, and they have also been linked to all kinds of cancers and heart problems. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

These are just a few of the more disastrous elements of Processed foods, but there are many, many more. 

To avoid, just remember these three tips:

1. Stay fresh– look for fresh produce in the grocery stores.

2. Stay outside– think outside isles. Healthier foods are located around the border of grocery stores.

3. Stay alert– read, read, read! Ingredients are listed on the labels, but don’t be fooled by long names.

Alright guys, that’s all I have for you! Try making an effort to avoid Processed foods this week– it will bring you joy, I promise!

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