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WHAT EXACTLY IS PROCESSED FOOD ANYWAY?

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If it’s boxed, bagged, canned or jarred and has a list of ingredients on the label, it’s processed. Methods used to process foods include:

  • Canning

  • Freezing

  • Refrigeration

  • Dehydration

  • Aseptic Processing

Processed foods have been altered from their natural state for “safety” and convenience reasons. And scary as it seems, about 90 percent of the money that Americans spend on food is used to buy processed items.

List Of Processed Food

Processed Fruits & Vegetables

Yes, even fruits and vegetables these days are being processed and sold.  Here are a few examples of processed fruits & vegetables:

  • Canned Fruits

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Frozen Fruits

  • Frozen Vegetables

  • French Fries

  • Ketchup

  • Pie Fillings

  • Jams & Jellies

  • Fruit Juice

  • Vegetable Juice

  • Tomato Soup

  • Tomato Pasta Sauce

  • Potato Chips

  • Corn Chips

  • Dried Fruits

  • Dried Vegetables

Processed Meats

Meat is a healthy part of most diets, but all too often they are processed and packaged to make them more convenient.  Check out these examples of processed meats:

  • Canned Meats (SPAM, Most Tuna Fish, etc)

  • Cured Meats (Lunch meats)

  • Ham

  • Sausage

  • Bacon

  • Some Frozen Meats

  • Gelatin

  • Chicken Nuggets

  • Most Pre-Cooked Meats

  • Cured Meats

  • Bologna

Processed Baked Goods

Baked goods are almost always processed when found in the supermarket.  Occasionally you will find freshly baked options but even those may have processed ingredients so make sure you ask how they were prepared before buying.

  • White Rice

  • Flour

  • Bread

  • Rolls

  • Buns

  • Bagels

  • Bread Sticks

  • Pizza Crusts

  • Taco Shells

  • Muffins

  • Macaroni

  • Pasta

  • Cake (and Cake Mixes)

  • Pie Crusts

  • Cookies

  • Pop Tarts (and similar foods)

  • Doughnuts

  • Pastries

Fast (Convenient) Foods

This is the one category where most people know that the foods are processed.  Despite this, however, they are still extremely popular.

  • Pizza Rolls

  • Microwave Pizza

  • Frozen Dinners

  • Granola Bars (and bagged granola)

  • Almost all Energy Bars

  • Protein Bars

  • Jalapeno Poppers

  • Microwave Tacos

  • Microwave Burritos

  • Raman Noodles

  • Most Canned Soups

  • Roasted & Salted Nuts

Dairy Foods

Dairy is another category where most people don’t realise that these foods are processed.  There are some items in this category that can be part of a healthy diet, but keeping the processing to a minimum is a good practice.

  • Cheeses

  • Cheese Foods

  • Milk (In some areas you can get raw milk, which is not processed)

  • Yogurt

  • Kiefer

  • Cream Cheese

Snack Foods

Snack foods are typically going to be heavily processed and should always be avoided completely or at least minimise as much as possible.

  • White Sugar

  • Brown Sugar

  • Powdered Sugar

  • Corn Syrup

  • Rice Syrup

  • Pudding

  • Soft Candies

  • Marshmallows

  • Caramel

  • Honey (You can buy raw honey, which is not processed)

  • Ice Cream

  • Whipped Cream

  • Chocolate

  • Shredded Coconut (You can buy unprocessed coconut in some areas, which is not processed)

  • Sugar Substituted (Equal, Sweet & Low, etc)

  • Maple Syrup

  • Hard Candy

Processed Beverages

Drinks, other than water, are almost always going to be processed in the supermarket. If you want to drink something unprocessed, consider juicing your own fruit at home.

  • Apple Juice

  • Orange Juice

  • Grape Juice

  • Grapefruit Juice

  • Cranberry Juice

  • Juice Flavored Drinks

  • All Soda

  • Instant Breakfasts

  • Flavored Waters

  • Coffee (you can buy raw coffee, which is unprocessed)

  • Tea (You can buy raw tea, which is unprocessed)

Oils, Fats, Salts & More

Oils, fats, and other products are typically going to be processed.

  • Cooking Spray

  • Margarine

  • Salad Dressings

  • BBQ Sauce

  • Most Seed Oils

  • Refined Oils

  • Peanut Butter

  • Cashew Butter

  • Mayonnaise

  • Soy Sauce

  • Vegetable Oils