In today’s fast-pace world, more and more families are choosing the convenience of highly processed fast food or microwavable meals rather than preparing and cooking and their own meals from fresh ingredients. While this may not seem like an issue, processed foods such as this negatively affects the body’s health a number of different ways. And worst of all, it offers little-to-no actual nutrition, which is why health experts oftentimes refer to highly processed food as “empty calories.” To learn more about the dangers of processed food and how it affects your health, keep reading.
High Sodium Content
One of the biggest problems associated with diets built around processed food is the high sodium content. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the recommended daily amount of sodium for adults is roughly 2300 mg per day; however, the average American consumes nearly 3,4000 mg of sodium per day, which is a substantial amount more than the recommended limit. This high sodium diet is due in part to our focus on processed foods, as they use sodium to enhance flavor and increase shelf-life.
So, what kind of health problems arise from diets high in sodium? Among other things, it raises blood pressure, increases chance of cardiovascular disease, increases chance of diabetes, and it directly contributes to thousands of preventable deaths annually. Opting to prepare your meals using lean meats and fresh vegetables will drastically reduce your overall sodium intake.
Saturated Fat and Trans Fat
Of course, another reason why you should avoid processed foods is because they contain saturated fat and trans fat. Contrary to what some people may believe, not all fats are bad for your health; monosaturated and polysaturated fats are two incredibly beneficial fats which help to reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease. The bad fats that you need to watch out for, however, are saturated and trans fat, both of which are commonly found in processed foods like fast food burgers, fried fish, french fries and baked goods.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced plans to phase out trans fat. While this may take several months or even years before we see the end of foods containing this artery-clogging substance, it’s one step in the right direction.
Rejuvenate Your Body and Health With a Body Wrap
Using a body wrap is an all-natural way to rejuvenate your body and healthy by removing some of the toxins left behind from eating processed foods. If you’ve kept up with our blog here at Ciao Bella, you’re probably well aware of the mechanics behind body wraps: they use a combination of ingredients, heat and pressure to extract toxins stored in fat cells, leaving you with fresh, rejuvenated skin.