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Processed Food: Easy Meal or Hard Life of Health?

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Everyone loves to snack. The crispy and salty taste of chips or the sweet fizzy taste of soda is a feeling that is quite familiar to our senses. But perhaps that’s not the only type of sense we should be following. Because snacks like these and especially all ready cooked frozen meals are more commonly known as “TV dinners” are packed with enough sugar and salt to reduce your lifespan by causing diseases that can affect your heart and overall health.

The Truth of Frozen Meals

Frozen meals and products being sold in stores for consumption.

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When you really start to think about the reality of how TV dinners are made, you’ll find that certain factors don’t add up. For example, in order for the food to be packaged the way that it is. There would have to be a lot of artificial add ons in order to make the meals preservable in a frozen setting. Because of this, the food in question would less likely be made in an actual kitchen and more so by a factory with more focus on keeping the food pre-prepared and less on its natural nutrition.

Even vegetables such as broccoli and carrots can run the risk of losing their respected vitamins if given the same treatment enough times. Furthermore, not only is the lack of nutrition enough of an issue, but it is also believed that the packaging of some foods can even contain chemicals that run a greater risk for health.

The Sweet and Salty Paradox

The consuming snacks can become quite addicting.

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Despite how much we love our cookies and crackers it never seems like we can get enough, that’s exactly the problem. Experts believe that snacking heavily on processed snack foods have little to no chance of reducing our hunger and might actually increase our need for the substance by telling our bodies the lack of satisfaction.

In other words, we find ourselves eating more because we can’t get any kind of relief from the constant need to eat. Almost like a cycle of constant consumption that downward spirals into a never-ending state of hunger. Slowly and surely deterring the heart and other vital organs to the body that can result in early death if not kept in tack.

The Counter Balances

The proper variety of food that should be eaten.

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While a lot of this information may sound scary, that doesn’t mean there’s no way to fix this issue. The biggest and most obvious solution is to limit how much of the processed food, sugars, salts, fats, etc. we eat on a daily (or even weekly) bases and focus more on balancing our diet. The number of fats we eat, should not equal the number of grains we’re supposed to consume (about 3-5 servings for adults). Fruits and vegetables are also not to be overlooked.

We should also make smarter choices about the way we consume fat, such as using unsaturated fats that are found in fish and avocados as opposed to saturated fats found in butter. It should also be pointed out that eating a very little amount of food does not help either as your body still requires the appropriate amount of food to maintain.

Always be sure to look at the nutrition information on the back of the box of what food you get in order to know what your body is getting into. It could mean the difference between a heart attack in the late future and a heart attack in a few weeks.


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