Processed food has a bad reputation as a diet saboteur. It's blamed for our nation's obesity epidemic, high blood pressure and the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes. But processed food is more than boxed macaroni and cheese, potato chips and drive-thru hamburgers.
Recently, an announcement from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), a respected authority on nutrition policy, noted that processed foods are an important part of the U.S. food supply because they are widely available and meet current nutritional guidelines.
Obesity Society public affairs committee chair Dr. Adam Tsai, from the University of Colorado, suggested that the degree of processing in foods does matter. The contention here is that people may want to select foods that are made with less sugar or are less processed because of health concerns.
If you consider the fact that processed foods account for more than 50% of the average daily caloric intake of American consumers, and that they also contribute to more than 75% of our daily consumption of sugar he has a point.
A study conducted from 2003 to 2006 and based on the results of the National Health and …
One of the main problem is not that people are reluctant to select processed food but the issue is the over consumption of processed foods.
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