When we think of processed foods, things like candy or fast food spring to mind. But did you know that olive oil, Greek yogurt, and green tea are also processed foods? In fact, the term covers a lot: from frozen fruit to microwave popcorn. Therefore, a distinction is made between lightly to heavily processed foods. Because the way in which the various foods are prepared has a major impact on how healthy your food is in the end.
Recent research shows that there is a link between heart disease and the consumption of overly processed foods. Eating four or more servings daily can increase mortality by 62%. Diet without processed foods is hardly possible these days.
In this post we will introduce you to what processed foods are, how you can tell the difference between the processing levels and how you can put together a healthy diet.