What happens to processed foods?
Major issues with processing foods:
Processing removes or breaks down fiber which contributes to the “bulk” or volume of the food.
Processing concentrates the calories in foods resulting in higher calorie density, but no benefit to the nutrient content.
Processing adds unhealthy substances like oils, sugars, salt and chemicals, increasing calories and health risks.
Why should you care?
Reducing the bulk, normally provided by fiber, increases the likelihood that you will eat more to feel satiated. The actual stretching of your stomach triggers a message to your brain that says, “I’m full”.
High volume foods that help send that message with adequate calories and nutrients have high fiber and water content. The processed food trifecta of decreased nutrient content, increased calorie density and unhealthy additives is what we strive to replace first. If you've started clearing out your pantry of processed foods, keep going!