Yesterday was National Junk Food Day…and while I get the fun intent behind these “national days,” junk food is not something anyone should be celebrating.
Processed junk foods are arguably the most widespread and significant cause of disease and early death in our existence.
Sure, we can point fingers at smoking, excessive alcohol intake, pharmaceuticals and lack of exercise as underlying factors behind our sickly states of health too, but food is numero uno.
Here’s why—we’ll start by looking at…
What is a “processed food?”
There are several levels of processed foods, characterized by how much processing has gone into the product.
Generally speaking, the more a food is processed, the sicker it will make you.
Now, some foods are barely processed at all and don’t really pose health risks. These include things like bagged salads or plastic-wrapped trimmed fresh vegetables.
Other foods have minimal processing like canned or frozen fruits and vegetables, butter, nuts, coffee, pickles, relish and vinegar. Again, nothing too bad here, as long as the products don’t have sugary coatings or sauces.
Moderately processed foods include dried pasta, breads, yogurt, cheese, pesto, ketchup, mustard, sour cream, applesauce, salad dressings, peanut butter, jam and mayonnaise. Although overconsumption of these could be problematic, most of these items don’t pose a big problem if consumed occasionally.
Highly processed foods on the other hand are the TRUE junk. These are the foods that will make you fat, sick and die way before your time.
They are characterized by multiple ingredients, an array of chemicals, preservatives and artificial ingredients, and copious amounts of salt, sugar and/or fat.
Examples include breakfast cereals, boxed dinners and side dishes, chips, puddings, Jell-O, whipped topping, coffee creamers, soda, candy, ice cream, cookies, donuts, frozen dinners, juice drinks, sports drinks, granola bars, Pop tarts, shortening, jarred frosting, cake and cookie mixes, low-fat, fat-free or sugar-free products, and sauce/gravy mixes.
Overfed, undernourished…and addicted
One of the biggest atrocities of processed junk foods is the fact that they don’t nourish you.
Sure, they may boast about the fact that they contain “Added vitamins and minerals!” (breakfast cereals are notorious for this), but don’t be fooled. Because the added nutrients aren’t a drop in the bucket compared to what you would get by eating real food.
And they create the phenomenon of being overfed and undernourished. Here’s how that works:
Your body’s innate hunger signals are triggered by a physical need for nutrients. Your body is brilliant and it knows when it needs nutrients to create energy, make all your systems work like they should, and, well, keep you alive.
But since processed junk foods don’t nourish you, after eating them your body eventually realizes it didn’t get the nutrients it needed, so it makes you hungry again!
And if you turn around and eat more processed junk foods, this creates a vicious cycle where you keep eating more and more and more, but your body’s never satisfied.
Overfed and undernourished.
Oh, and packing on the pounds while you’re at it.
Plus, processed junk foods typically contain one or more of the “bliss-inducing” ingredients—sugar, salt and fat—and they are downright addictive.
Particularly sugar—it’s been shown to be more addictive than cocaine!
From junk food to death
Here are the various ways that junk food leads you by the hand to an early grave.
First of all, the refined carbohydrates (including sugar, high fructose corn syrup and grains) in processed foods trigger inflammation and are a leading contributing factor in heart disease and cancer (our top 2 killers), insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, poor immune function, leaky gut, and Alzheimer’s.
Plus, as I mentioned above, junk foods lead to obesity which exponentially increases your risk of disease. And by the way, it also is a comorbid factor that can raise your risk of dying should you contract COVID-19.
Salt is a culprit too. In addition to making the food addictive, the salt in processed junk foods can stir up hypertension.
Moreover, the chemicals (artificial flavors, colors and taste/texture enhancers that you typically can’t even pronounce) in junk foods don’t just sail innocently through your system. Instead they have to be processed similar to a poison. This stresses your liver (which is your organ of detox) as well as your kidneys (because they secrete the toxins through your urine).
Eventually your body may have trouble effectively eliminating the excess acid wastes from this chemical onslaught. Acid wastes rob your blood of oxygen, lower your pH and create an environment that favors disease.
Lastly, processed junk foods are extremely hard for your body to digest (because they’re not food!). This can lead to heartburn, gas, bloating and constipation, reduced enzyme levels, impaired nutrient absorption, and eventually more chronic conditions like diverticulitis.
Your body was designed to eat REAL foods--fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, eggs, good fats (like real butter, coconut oil and olive oil) and meats, poultry and fish. That's what your body depends on for nourishment, sound digestion and elimination of wastes.
Now, having a diet of healthy real foods is not as boring or hard as it sounds--it just takes a bit of common sense and a little effort on your part.
But you do have to know what to do…and this is where I can help you with the Great Taste No Pain health system.
Great Taste No Pain will show you how to pair together foods in your meals to promote better digestion and nutrient absorption.
When your digestion is carried out like it should be, that can mean fewer digestive problems like gas, bloating, constipation and heartburn.
Plus, it can be a snap to lose weight because you’ll be better nourished and stay full longer!
And the recipe section features many scrumptious dishes made from real food ingredients that taste FAR better than ANY packaged stuff you can buy!
Help your gut recover too!
If you've been a processed food fanatic for a while, chances are excellent your gut microbiome might not be as healthy as it should be.
Processed foods (especially refined carbs) become nourishment for the harmful bacteria and yeasts in the intestinal tract, so they can thrive and overcome your beneficial bacteria.
Not only can this worsen gas, bloating and constipation, but your immune system may be greatly hampered too (since 70 percent of your immune cells reside in your gut).
In addition to a healthy diet of real foods which nourishes your gut, probiotic supplementation can help you achieve this important goal.
Super Shield's 13 strains of potent, effective friendly bacteria are up to the task--ready to support your intestinal walls, help repopulate your supply of helpful bacteria, keep yeasts and harmful bacteria in check, encourage regular BMs and support your immune system!
Feed your body the delicious REAL food it is meant to have, and help it recover from any past junk food harm, and I’m sure it will thank you handsomely for years to come!
To your health,