With people being busier than ever, the demand for fast food, even in the form of seemingly healthy energy bars is only growing. Although most people would agree that eating whole foods is healthier for them, the reality is that few people actually take the time to grow and prepare their food from scratch. One way to clean up a diet is to cut out processed foods. Here are the 3 best tips for cleaning up an overly processed diet.
What Are “Processed” Foods?
The initial step in cleaning up an unhealthy diet is to identify what processed foods truly are. Anything commercially packaged and not in its natural state would be considered processed. For instance, a granola bar that is made up of ingredients such as oats, nuts, and fruits would still be considered processed since none of those ingredients are in its original state. Buying the fruit before being cut up, dehydrated or cooked would be the original state. In general, foods with labels attached to them with a long ingredient list can be assumed to be processed. Learning to read labels diligently is a major step to a healthier diet. In general, the less processed, the better.