Nutrition 101 – How processed foods make us fat and malnourished and sick

Nutrition 101: How Processed Foods Make Us Fat, Malnourished, and Sick

Posted: 23 Jun 2013 04:44 AM PDT

Did you ever wonder how people who exist on a diet of mainly processed foods can be both overweight and malnourished at the same time? Despite overly abundant calories, people who live off of boxed macaroni and cheese, frozen dinners,Ramen noodles, and other packaged foods aren’t getting the nutrients that people who eat a whole foods diet are getting.Deadly GMO ingredients aside, the sheer amount of chemicals in processed foods can lead to disease, obesity, and malnutrition.

If you aren’t entirely familiar with the way processed foods can affect your health, read on. This is an introduction to how processed foods differ from whole foods, based on frequently asked questions about the subject.

What happens in your body when you eat processed foods?

When you eat heavily preserved foods, your body can’t break them down to use the nutrients in them (if there are nutrients left in the first place after all that processing). The video below compares how homemade noodles from fresh, wholesome ingredients and Ramen noodles travel through your digestive system.

This video is an excellent illustration of what happens in your body after consuming two different types of food:

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