Why do we eat processed foods?

Why do we eat processed foods?

Super-processed food consumption is increasing. According to the Pan American Health Organization, eating habits in low- and middle-income countries as well as in high-income developed countries are changing.
Super Processed Foods (UPF) are not good for your health. But why are we eating super-processed foods? Nowadays, there are many opinions as to why the consumption of processed foods containing a large amount of chemical additives or preservatives increases.

Processed food type
Processed foods can be divided professionally as follows:

Unprocessed or minimally processed foods: These are healthy nutritional foods, such as soups or homemade salads, that have retained their nutrients or have undergone minimal processing.
Processed foods:   Foods processed artificially. High-calorie, low-nutritive additives such as sweeteners, butter and margarine, fat, sugar and starch are mixed.
Super-processed foods: Foods mixed with processed ingredients such as French fries and desserts.
Super-processing additive
Super Processed Food Features
In general, processed foods contain saturated fats, trans fats , sugars and salts, and sweeteners, emulsifiers, preservatives, stabilizers, solubilizers, binders, pigment enhancers and artificial flavor ingredients.

Eating a lot of super-processed foods increases the incidence of obesity , heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

Eating a lot of super-processed foods instead of fresh or organic foods can significantly reduce your intake of micronutrients such as fiber, vitamins and minerals, and  harm your health.

Reasons for Super Processed Food Consumption
There are many interesting studies on super processed foods, but why is the consumption increasing? A recent survey revealed several reasons for choosing super-processed foods.

The main reason people choose super-processed foods is their shelf life . It is also said to eat super-processed foods, such as saving cooking time, accessibility, rapid hunger, and lack of healthy processed foods.

Advertising also works on the choice of super-processed foods, because consumers usually buy the products they see in advertising. Super-processed foods usually attract consumers with gorgeous outer packaging and low prices .

Super processing expiration date
Other matters about super processed food
It is not easy to distinguish between processed foods and super-processed foods.

80% of foods sold at Super are processed foods : sweet drinks, semi-cooked foods, pastries, frozen foods, cookies, desserts, hamburgers, candy, refined grains, pizzas and energy bars.
Super-processed food creates wrong eating habits : Fast food affects lifestyle , tame artificial ingredients and stimulate appetite.
Cookies and sweet drinks are not real food: Cookies and sweet drinks that are high in calories without nutritional value contain large amounts of fat, sugar and salt, and some products have a sugar content of 250g.
Nutritional information
You need to be able to tell the difference between a complete food and a superfood that contains additives .

Super-processed foods include raw materials such as hydrogenated milk, hydrolyzed proteins, refined grains and wheat flour .

The U.S. Health Organization's super-processed food additives have a strong taste and can hide health-related issues.

The reason people eat super-processed food is because it has a long shelf life, is easy to eat, and is delicious and affordable.

Compared to organic and healthy food, the production cost of super-processed food is low, so the supply price is low.
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