Can Processed Foods Lead to Food Sensitivities?

by on July 21, 2015

Can Processed Foods Lead to Food Sensitivities?

Today we are going to talk about processed foods and whether they can lead or cause to food sensitivity. First off I’d like to say we really should be eating as little in the way of processed foods as possible. If we do this, then we won’t have to even worry about this type of sensitivity. With that be said, I know for some people that is not possible and even if we have tried to eliminate them there are still times when we will be eating them.

Anyone can be sensitive to a food. Eating spicy food may do it for you or dairy products. If you know me, you know for me it is as you gluten. The result of eating these foods that we are sensitive to can be gastrointestinal problems that you would rather avoid, or a long list of many other ailments. People can often times be shocked at things that are causing their health issues are related to the foods that they are eating. Could the culprit be processed foods?

The Skinny on Processed Foods

Some experts say that they prepared foods are better for you, such as microwave meals sold by Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers. Others say that they are packed with unhealthy things that can lead to buildup of toxins in the body as well as feeding the “fat” epidemic that is common in this country. Comfort and ease has led to compromised health. It’s up to you whether you want to put them in your body and feed them to your family.

One thing that is not disputed is that processed foods are not fresh. Fresh foods contain nothing besides what is native to the type of food in question. Buying from local growers helps ensure that food has not been altered in a lab or through chemical means.

Processed foods need preservatives to increase their shelf life. This doesn’t only apply to microwave meals but anything prepared for you ahead of time: cakes, pies, cookies, cereals, box prepared foods and etcetera. If you are eating gluten-free these are mostly foods that you want to eliminate from your diet anyway. Read the labels to see what we mean.

The Skinny on the Body

The body was not designed to process certain food ingredients. Processed foods contain other manufactured ingredients used for things like color, flavoring, preserving and texture. These substances are food-grade but that doesn’t mean that they are body-friendly. Consider the following:

  • Sweeteners (sorbitol, sucralose)
  • Anti-caking agents (cellulose in shredded cheese, for example)
  • Thickeners
  • Emulsifiers
  • Bulking agents

These all have different names on the label so it is important to read and become familiar with them. Although a very small percentage of food intolerance is related directly to food additives, that doesn’t mean that you might not be in that category. Some are sensitive to dyes used in food coloring or the salt like preservatives like sulfates and sulfates. Many children are sensitive to red food dye.

Avoiding the Potential Problem

Although you may not be sensitive to either dairy, yeast, gluten or some form of sugar, there is no reason to compound your problem. When choosing processed food, weigh the pros and cons of your choices. Can you eat the same type of food fixed from scratch? What are the other alternatives to choosing that processed food?

Try to choose all natural food ingredients and prepare food at home. This way, you know what is in your dishes and, if sensitivity symptoms arise, you can find the offending ingredient a bit easier.

If time is an issue pick a day of the week, and cook and freeze ahead, it’s my opinion our bodies were not designed to digest artificial ingredients.  Are you reading labels of the foods you are buying, I’d love for you to stop by our Facebook page and give me your opinion. (Our Facebook page)

We offer Healthy Living groups every month that are free. We are expanding more into talking about food prep and how we can make your produce last longer so you are not throwing so much away. Stayed tuned in for upcoming dates.

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