Having grown up on a farm, I was privileged to see how my parents produced food from the land. They also encouraged us to plant vegetables and observe how they grew. We had fun picking the harvest and assisted my Mom in processing the produce.
My mother inspired me with all her food preservation skills, and it played a significant role in my decision to study home economics. We had the best tasting Alberta peaches on the farm that we enjoyed fresh and preserved. My Mom was famous for homemade delicious peach halves in syrup, curried green beans, quince jelly and apricot jam.
Nowadays, we often refer to ultra-processed food (UPF) if we refer to processed food. Recent research is concerned about:
The relationship between the consumption of UPFs and its impact on consumers' health.
- UPFs may lead to overeating and developing obesity or type 2 diabetes due to the high energy value and palatability.
- Significant amounts of added sugar, salt and saturated fat and number of additives per product in UPFs.
There are four categories of processed food.
* 𝙐𝙣𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙨
Minimally processed foods include foods you process in your kitchen by cutting, chopping, baking, frying and heating.
* 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨
Foods in this category include food modified by pressing, grinding, drying, refining and milling. Examples are olive oil, butter, sugar, spices and salt.
* 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙙
These foods are preserved with 2-3 ingredients but still recognizable as a modified version of their original state, like canned peaches in syrup or sardines in olive oil. Pickled beets, cheese and fresh loaves of bread also fall into this category.
* 𝙐𝙡𝙩𝙧𝙖-𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙨
Ultra-processed foods include packaged sweets, reconstituted meat products and pre-packed frozen dishes. These foods are chemically engineered formulations made from additives, preservatives and substances derived from natural foods. It contains casein, whey, gluten, hydrogenated oils, flavour enhancers, emulsifiers and high fructose corn syrup.
Ultra-processed meat is not beneficial for us because it contains too many nitrates. Research lists foods high in nitrates, such as hot dogs and processed meat, as possible carcinogens (chemicals that promote cancer formation). A piece of bacon will not cause cancer if consumed once in a while, but frequent intake of foods processed with nitrates over extended periods is associated with cancer.
The bottom line is to eat real food. Select food that is closer to its natural form.
It will be beneficial for consumers to increase the consumption of freshly prepared, unprocessed or minimally processed foods and reduce the intake of UPFs. https://bit.ly/3KmWABt
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