Why you should ditch processed foods!
Looking for an easy way to throw your hormones out of whack, bring your metabolism to a halt, and gain a lot of weight? Then eat more processed foods! Go to the supermarket and stock up on crisps, biscuits, sweets, chocolate and commercially-baked cakes. Eat everything you can find that comes in a box or contains refined grains, hydrogenated oils, or added sugar and preservatives. Keep it up, and soon you won’t be able to control your weight at all!
I’m being sarcastic, but you get the point. Processed foods are absolute murder on your hormone balance. Why? Here’s a dirty little secret: Your body doesn’t recognize them as foods.
Processed foods don’t come from nature; they come from factories. The more productive the factories, the more money the corporation makes. And the less the corporation can spend on the cheap raw materials going into those factories, the higher its profit margins. As a result, the diet of the 21st century is composed primarily of cheap crops like corn, soy, and wheat, whether we consciously recognize them on our plates or not. Of course, corn, soy, and wheat don’t have a lot of flavour on their own, so food chemists add a barrage of chemicals to make them actually taste like something. Think of corn, soy, and wheat as the blank canvas upon which the food-science industry paints the illusion of food.
This illusion might fool your taste buds into thinking you’re eating real food, but your body doesn’t completely fall for it. In fact, it doesn’t know what to make of the mess of chemicals you just put into it. It scratches its head and goes, “Huh? What the…? I guess I’ll just do…this.” And “this,” your body’s very next reaction, is always, always bad news for your hormones.
The Real Cost of Our Food
Yes, processed foods and fast foods are cheap. But why are they cheap? Because they’re made with low-quality ingredients with little to no nutrient value, and they’re pumped full of chemicals to give them flavor, and preservatives to give them a shelf life longer than any food really should have. When you consider the hidden costs of these empty calories and additives — a nationwide epidemic of obesity and skyrocketing rates of diabetes, to name just two — processed foods don’t seem like such a good deal, do they? Whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables may seem more expensive up front, but they’ll pay off in the long run. Consider it a down payment on a healthy body for years to come!
Written by Sally Hancox