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12 reasons why you should avoid packaged food at all costs

Apr 28, 2017

While packaged foods can be delicious and highly convenient, they can do a lot of harm to your body. From increasing your cholesterol levels and preventing you from reducing your weight to dehydrating your body, packaged foods contain harmful ingredients that take a toll on your health irrespective of your age.

Here are some important reasons why you should steer clear of packaged foods:

1) Packed with harmful preservatives

Packaged foods are loaded with preservatives to increase their shelf life. However, one thing to consider is that if this food can last for years on the shelf, can it not last in your body for a long, long time? The side effects of preservatives are plenty. From promoting the growth of cancer cells to causing chronic heart and mental disorders, preservatives do no good to your body.

2) Chemical-based ingredients

Other than preservatives, packaged foods are made with a host of artificial, chemical-based ingredients such as colourants, artificial flavouring and texturants. These chemicals wreak havoc on your body and disturb the natural balance of your internal organs leading to dehydration when consumed in small quantities and can also cause permanent disorders such as diabetes and hypertension.

3) Presence of BPA

The plastic coating inside most packaged foods can be poisonous as it contains Bisphenol or BPA made from crude oil which is unsafe for human consumption.  BPA is used to kill rats in lab experiments. Imagine what this toxic material can do to your child’s health.

4) Packaged foods are highly addictive

The convenience and taste that packaged foods offer make them highly addictive. Soon packaged food options will replace natural food. They become your go-to option when you are tired, stressed out or simply running late. Substituting natural food with packaged food deprives your body of essential nutrients that only fresh ingredients can provide.

5) Unhealthy sugar levels

Packaged foods are a major cause of obesity primarily due to their high sugar content. Be it packaged juice or cereal; packaged foods are only marketed as sugar-free, low-calorie foods. These foods have corn syrup, genetically modified plant matter and glucose that further raise the sugar levels.

6) Excessive sodium and salt

The high sodium and salt content in packaged foods such as chips, processed meats and biscuits can cause serious complications to your health. They can spell disaster for people suffering from high blood pressure and can lead to chronic heart diseases over prolonged consumption.

7) Lack essential nutrients

A balanced meal must contain the rights quantities of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and sugar. Packaged foods do not contain these nutrients in the right amounts and are sometimes devoid of any nutrients at all. Eating such food does not benefit you in any way.

8) Difficult to digest

Packaged foods have a long shelf life making them hard to digest. Furthermore, these foods lack fibre which is essential for the smooth movement of food through the digestive system. As a result, you feel bloated and uncomfortable for long hours after eating such food.

9) High in trans fats

Packaged foods are made in large quantities and hence manufacturers look out for the most affordable ingredients to reduce their production costs. These foods contain hydrogenated oils which are high in trans fats leading to oxidation and inflammation in the body. Studies reveal that these oils significantly increase the risk of heart disease.

Aluminium leaks cause memory loss

When food is packed into aluminium cans, free radicals contaminate the food.  When you eat canned food over the years, you are at risk of suffering from memory loss and even Alzheimer’s disease.

10) Poor quality ingredients

Packaged food barely have any natural ingredients. If they do, these ingredients are not of the freshest quality as manufacturers look for the cheapest ingredients to make their products more affordable. As these ingredients are heavily processed and added to the packaged food, you cannot judge their quality.

11) Makes you more prone to diseases

When you consume packaged foods regularly, you put yourself at the risk of developing a host of diseases. From heart problems and obesity to insulin dependent diabetes, life-threatening disease stems from consuming packaged foods. These foods can also lead to skin problems such as acne due to the excessive amounts of oil used in the production of these foods and the lack of fibre can lead to gastrointestinal tract ailments.

12) Packaged food contains high levels of refined carbohydrates

Most packaged food contain high levels of refined carbohydrates. Refined carbs as compared to whole carbs are not good for us because they are broken down fast in the digestive tract and causes rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. This means that you might have carb cravings shortly after your blood sugar levels go down. A diet high in refined carbs makes you more prone to chronic diseases.

Now that you know about the perils of consuming packaged foods, stay away from these addictive foods. Drink clean water instead of sodas and eat pure, home cooked food for a healthy lifestyle.

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