Eliminating processed foods and following low glycemic diets are very effective ways to slow down the aging process. Food processing and cooking deplete food of nutrients, so processed food and meat are not healthy choices for an antiaging diet.
What’s So Bad About Processed Foods?
You’ve probably heard this a million times, that processed foods are causing obesity, colon cancer, diabetes, ect. But you have probably wondered why processing of foods would cause so many problems.
The problem with processed foods is their “glycemic effect ” on your body. These foods raise blood sugar much more quickly than whole foods, triggering a bigger insulin response, which causes fat storage, inflammation, and other problems.
Also, certain chemical additives act as “excitotoxins” which can damage or alter normal brain function.
Commercial food processing basically does three things:
Remember that “real food” tends to spoil or go bad when it is not eaten right away. If something can sit on a shelf for weeks at a time and still be edible, then you know it’s basically devoid of any nutrition, and not really ….”food!”
The problems with processed foods and meat are:
All these things work against you when it comes to health and your efforts to slow down aging. Eliminating processed foods will lower your risk of chronic disease right across the board!
Here are some things to avoid:
At home, food processing and cooking is under YOUR control. You can choose what to add to your food, and how it is cooked. Some health food experts advocate raw foods, but to be on the safe side, some food really should be cooked to destroy harmful bacteria that could make you sick.
Eliminating Processed Foods
You can get away from heavily processed foods with a little effort. The result will show in your waistline, energy level, and the way you feel on a daily basis. The best way is to go slow and move in small steps:
Less Food Processing – Better Health
Remember that the purpose of commercial food processing is to maximize profits NOT provide you with healthy food choices. You will have to be really aware of what you put in your body.