Processed Food: Healthy or Unhealthy?

03
Jan
2020

Do you have any idea on what is considered as processed food? Generally, people only think that ready food or canned food are considered processed foods. However, any food item that gone through modification in the preparation process is to be considered as processed food.

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Some of the processed food examples consist of:

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Beverages, e.g. milk or bottled juice
  • Ready food
  • Bread
  • Cereals
  • Biscuits
  • Meats, e.g. luncheon meat or braised pork

Processed food can be a good option too. Certain foods require a preparation process before it is safe to consume. Milk as an example, in order to get rid of harmful bacteria, the milk needs to be disinfected before it is safe to drink. In addition, some foods require food processing before it can be suitable for use, just like seeds oil.

Why is it unhealthy?

Fat, salt or sugar might be added into processed foods. Like fat, salt or sugar will make the foods taste more flavourful and also able to increase shelf life. Eating processed foods with a high amount of fat, salt or sugar results in high calories intake too.

As a conclusion, not every processed food are bad for health. Only processed foods with a high amount of fat, salt and sugar are unhealthy while processed foods with no fat, salt and sugar added are healthy.

 

Reference: nhs.uk. (2020). Eating processed foods. [online] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/what-are-processed-foods/