A food expert says that eating real food will make us healthy. By real food he means food that is not highly processed. He means food that has no added sugar, salt or fat.
Plant food – fruits and vegetables – should be the biggest part of our diet.
Processed foods are responsible for about 80 percent of the sodium (salt) in the typical person’s diet.
Too much fat is a problem in our diets. Eliminating processed food will probably take care of most of the fat problem.
Most of our sugar comes from processed food. The real enemy in that food is the added sugar. That is the kind that comes from table sugar which has high amounts of fructose corn syrup. Other major sources of added sugar are “alternatives” like agave syrup, brown rice syrup and reduced fruit juice.
White bread is another example. It contains highly refined carbohydrates. Our bodies rapidly break these carbs down to sugar –- processed sugar.
The enemy is highly processed food.
So it is not just reducing the amount of sugar, salt and fat we consume. The body will take care of itself if these come from unprocessed food eaten in moderation.
Some people look at tobacco as an example of how to go about reducing the use of a harmful substance. Now, however, there is not enough evidence to make hyper-processed foods a “smoking gun” like tobacco.
Better labeling and higher taxes on processed foods would be great starts.
But for now, get the simple message straight: “Eat Real Food.”
Source: The New York Times June 11, 2014