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Processed foods lead to disease: Healthy diet will combat risks

Posted Oct 1, 2014 by Carol Ruth Weber
Diets filled with processed foods are now known to increase the risk of cancers and autoimmune diseases along with obesity. Researchers have discovered that taking processed foods out of the diet and eating healthier will help prevent disease.
A healthy BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9 -- one is considered overweight from 25 up  and obese from 30
A healthy BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9 -- one is considered overweight from 25 up, and obese from 30
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People are struggling more than ever before with the onset of cancers and autoimmune illnesses. With governments and medical communities striving to discover causes and cures they are finding common links. Growing diets of processed foods are leading to a massive obesity problem and the connection of diseases.
Research has proven the link between processed foods and the risk of obesity and disease.
Along with a growing population, people seem to also have much busier lives. People looking for more hours in the day to take care of business, have stolen time away from homemade and healthy meal preparation in exchange to eating readymade processed meals, along with stopping for a quick fast-food bite.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been following the issue and searching for ways to educate and protect the public. First noting in 1999 the necessity of marking trans fat on nutrition labels, the FDA is still fighting to make food safe and rallying against the trans fat in processed food. The FDA released a notice in Nov. 2013 "Based on new scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has with tentatively determined that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are the primary dietary source of industrially-produced trans fatty acids, or trans fat, are not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for any use in food based on current scientific evidence establishing the health risks associated with the consumption of trans fat, and therefore that PHOs are food additives."
In 2012 The Center for Food Safety published a "Nutrition, Obesity, & Processed Food" fact sheet to assist in the education of the American public. Unfortunately many have not heeded to the warnings and have continued a love affair with processed foods and drinks. Obesity, especially in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions and in turn has had a major impact on health. All one needs to do is see the research themselves. Check out the obesity stats here and one can truly understand the statement "You are what you eat."
It is time for people to head the warnings and be educated on the necessity of eating healthier.
Obesity caused by the processed foods leads to many diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Diets filled with processed foods are now known to increase the risk of cancers as well as autoimmune diseases.
Noted in True Activist scientists working at Yale University in the U.S. and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany have determined that processed food diets are the possible cause for the escalation of many autoimmune diseases. Multiple sclerosis, asthma and eczema are just a few of the many autoimmune illnesses that could be reduced and improved by eating healthier and removing processed foods from one's diet.
Cancer Research UK is working hard to educate people on eating healthier and staying away from alcohol in order to prevent cancer. A healthy diet may help lower one's risk of cancers caused by obesity such as esophageal cancer, kidney cancer and gallbladder cancer, as well as breast or uterine cancer. The risk for heart disease and autoimmune diseases could be reduced greatly by not eating processed foods, in exchange for a healthier diet.
Changing eating habits means changing behavior patterns.
The first step to changing the habit of eating processed foods is realizing that what and how one is eating is a contributing factor to poor health. Once recognized it is time to change behavior patterns, such as stopping at a fast-food restaurant for a quick drive thru bite of processed food, or reaching for the prepackaged chemical filled microwave meals.
Just by shopping and reading ingredients will get one to understand what they may be putting into their body. A diet high in fiber is recommended as well as eating vegetables as a major portion of a daily diet. Fish rich in oils, such as salmon, have been deemed healthy and keep the intake of red meat and heavy animal fats down to reduce disease risk. In exchange for white and processed, switch out bread and cereal for the healthier choice of whole grains. It is also necessary to adjust salt and sugar intake to eat much less. Fresh fruit is a wonderful desert alternative.
Of course adding exercise to a healthier diet will also help one to lose weight and to get healthier to reduce disease risk. It is important that people take control of their own and their children's' bodies in order to save lives through healthier eating habits.