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How Do You Define Processed Foods?

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My definition of processed foods is any food that has been changed by removing or adding anything to the final product. Basically it’s any food that comes in a package and is not in it’s natural state.

In other words processed food is not real food.

Real food … my definition … is food that is grown in nature, as nature intended, and meant to be eaten by humans. It can be plant or animal.

Real food is rich in the nutrients inherent in the food. It is not altered.

Any food that has been altered, resulting in loss of nutrients is processed.

Here is an excellent article, titled “How do you define processed foods?” about introducing solid foods to your baby.

Even though it’s about babies, the information is relevant for everyone who ever buys any food that comes in any kind of package.

Read the article.

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Are You Eating Rancid Oils?

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You may be without even knowing it.

Oils become rancid when they’re oxidized, primarily through exposure to air, heat and light. This leads to the formation of free radicals. Eating rancid oils makes you vulnerable to diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

The oils most prone to become rancid are the polyunsaturated oils, like

  • corn
  • soy
  • canola
  • sunflower
  • safflower
  • cottonseed

It’s very likely that these oils are rancid when you pick them off the grocery store shelf before you even get them home.

These oils should never be heated.

But they are … often.

They’re commonly found in processed foods – baked good and chips, even organic. Check the labels if you have some of these foods at home or the next time you go to the grocery store.

They’re used for cooking when you eat out. Even a famous fast food restaurant that is building a reputation for healthy fast food cooks with soy oil.

What should you use instead?

One of the best oils to cook and bake with is coconut oil. Use it for stir-frying instead of olive oil. Olive oil is best for salad dressings and not recommended to be heated, even though it is a monounsaturated oil, not polyunsaturated.

Duck and goose fat are very stable and highly prized for cooking potatoes in Europe.

Beef and mutton tallow and suet are very stable and also are healthy cooking fats. Just be certain that they are from healthy animals, not factory farmed.

Butter is also a healthy fat for cooking. Try frying your eggs in it for a rich delicious flavor.

Flaxseed oil, a healthy polyunsaturated oil found in the refrigerated section of your health food store, is rich in omega 3’s and can be a healthy addition to your diet. Use it on salads, but never heat it. One thing that I rarely see mentioned about flaxseed oil is that to get the health benefits from eating flax, you need to also be eating healthy saturated fats.

Food Allergies

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This is an example of a real food allergy, with an immediate response after the food is eaten.

There are also hidden food allergies called food sensitivities or food intolerance, where you do not have an immediate reaction. Your body may not exhibit a response until 72 hours later. By that time, you don’t have a clue as to what caused your symptoms.

Like with food allergies, food sensitivities are caused by the immune system, but a different part of the immune system. It attacks the food you’re intolerant to as though it was a foreign invader and causes an inflammatory response in your body. As long as you keep eating the foods you’re sensitive to, you’ll continue to get this inflammatory response. And little by little, your health will continue to degenerate.

If you want to be healthy, it’s important to make sure that you’re not eating foods that you’re allergic to or intolerant to. It’s essential that you eat only safe foods. And these safe foods are different for every person.

Learn more.