Processed Produce: The Health Concerns of Unhealthy Eating
Mmm, the infamous McDonald’s Big Mac. Sure, you can’t pronounce half the additives in
it, but who cares? That artery-clogging, greasy mountain of beef tastes so good, all health
conscientiousness is dissipated in one chew. Does this guilty food scenario ring a bell? If you’re
living in America, it very well should; in the USA, nearly 90% of money spent on food is used
to buy processed items. So what exactly constitutes the term, “processed?” Any food item that
has been put through devitalizing chemical processes to sustain a longer shelf-life. Processed
foods are infused with any of the following treatments: canning, freezing, preservation, coloring,
sweetening, dehydration, flavoring, refining, bleaching and emulsifier/stabilizer additives.
Processed foods are normal items have been altered from their natural state for safety and
storage conveniences. This “respect” to health is mind-boggling when considering the slew of
ailments, elicited by the preservation processes. Let’s take a look at just three of the countless
hazards posed by processed food item intake.