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We’d better wake up before it’s too late!

Brace yourself because I have some very disturbing statistics to share with you today.

A JAMA study has shown that children and teens get a whopping 67 percent (two-thirds) of their daily calories from highly processed foods!

So is it any wonder they’re overweight, depressed, can’t sit still or concentrate, and over half (54 percent) of them have at least one chronic illness?

Adults are no better.

As adults we “should” appreciate the importance of healthy food more than kids, but a BMJ study has shown that we get 58 percent of our daily intake from processed junk.

And our 70 percent chronic disease rate proves it.

Methinks we’d better wake up here before it’s too late.

Let’s look at the main offenders…

What exactly are “processed foods”?

Processed foods are basically unavoidable. The only way you can get 100 percent unprocessed foods is to have a garden, grow your own food, and raise your own animals.

I don’t see a lot of people doing that, so we all must resort to processed foods to a degree.

That being said, it’s important to point out that all processed foods are not created equal, in terms of both ingredients and the level of harm they inflict on your body (more on that below). 

Here are the 4 levels of processed foods—with each characterized by how much it has been altered away from how it originally appeared in Nature:

1- Barely processed 

This is where a food is extremely close to how it appeared in Nature, with just maybe some washing, prep work and packaging.

Examples here are bagged lettuces, plastic-wrapped trimmed fresh green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, snow peas or radishes, and packaged fresh “soup starters” like diced onions, peppers and celery.

2- Minimally processed

This is where the food does not exactly resemble something in Nature, but it doesn’t contain a lot of chemicals and artificial ingredients either. 

This category includes things like canned tomatoes and other vegetables, dried fruits, frozen vegetables and fruits (without sauces), jarred olives and artichokes, dried beans, prepared horseradish, butter, dried herbs and spices, pickles, relish, vinegar, cold-pressed oils, raw nuts and ground coffee.

3- Moderately processed

Moderately processed foods are far from anything in Nature, but still aren’t typically loaded with artificial ingredients (especially organic varieties). They have been cooked or altered in some way and may contain multiple ingredients.

Examples of moderately processed foods are dried pasta, breads, yogurt, cheese, pesto, ketchup, mustard, sour cream, applesauce, salad dressings, soups, peanut butter, jam, mayonnaise, traditional oils, tomato sauce or paste, roasted nuts, maple syrup, popcorn, cold cuts and sausage.

4- Highly processed 

These are completely unlike anything you’d find in Nature and should not even be called “food.”

They are characterized by multiple ingredients, many chemicals, preservatives and additives, and are almost always harmful to your health in some way.

These include breakfast cereals, packaged dinners and side dishes, crackers and snack chips, puddings, Jell-O, whipped toppings, coffee creamers, margarine, soda, candy, ice cream, pastries, cookies, donuts, refrigerator biscuits, frozen pizza, TV dinners, juice drinks, sports drinks, granola bars, Pop tarts, shortening, cake and cookie mixes, jarred frosting, Cheez Whiz, low-fat, fat-free or sugar-free products, frozen desserts and sauce/gravy mixes.

It is category 4 that I am primarily referring to when I speak of the health dangers of processed foods—you’re better off eating an old shoe than taking these into your body.

Here’s why:

The 5 ways processed foods shorten your life

Getting the majority of your daily calories from highly processed foods can destroy your health and shorten your life in these 5 ways:

1- Refined carbohydrate risks

The refined carbohydrates (including sugar, high fructose corn syrup and grains) in processed foods are a leading contributing factor in heart disease, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, poor immune function, leaky gut, dementia and of course obesity.

Plus high fructose corn syrup is typically made from GMO corn and has been found to contain mercury—a deadly neurotoxin.

2- Salt sickness

The salt in processed foods can stir up high blood pressure in two ways.

First of all, too much sodium can drive up your blood volume and raise blood pressure.

In addition, when you have too much sodium which is not counterbalanced by the proper amount of potassium, that leads to elevated calcium levels, which in turn makes the smooth muscle cells in your arteries contract, raising your blood pressure.

3- Trans-fat trauma

The trans-fats in processed foods are linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, immune dysfunction, mood swings, obesity and accelerated aging.

Even though trans-fats (in the form of hydrogenated oils) are supposed to be phased out of our food supply, many processed foods are made with heated polyunsaturated oils, which form compounds that are just as bad as trans-fats! 

So we’re trading one deadly fat for another.

4- Chemical catastrophe

Your body was not designed to metabolize chemicals with names that you can’t pronounce (including artificial flavors, colors and preservatives) day in and day out. 

Simply put, if you don’t know what an ingredient on a food package is, neither does your body. 

And the thing is, these chemicals don’t just sail innocently through your system and exit when Nature calls—it’s much more complicated than that.

Food additives must be metabolized by your system like a poison—this taxes your liver (your primary organ of detoxification) as well as your kidneys.

Eventually your body becomes overwhelmed and can’t eliminate the wastes from this chemical onslaught, and instead they can get reabsorbed into circulation.

From there they can then accumulate in your blood (robbing it of oxygen), invade your organs and tissues (and harm their functioning) and create an environment that favors disease.

5- Digestive disaster 

Since processed foods are not actually food that is meant for your body, they require an ENORMOUS amount of digestive enzymes to be broken down, and thus can lead to heartburn, gas, bloating and constipation.

Plus since your body’s ability to produce digestive enzymes can diminish over time, you may eventually find yourself running low and having even more digestive problems.

Your body knows—real is best

Your body was designed to eat REAL foods--fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, eggs, good fats and meats, poultry and fish. That's what your body depends on for nourishment, sound digestion and elimination of wastes.

The easiest way to accomplish this life-saving goal is to do the majority of your grocery shopping in the outer perimeter of the store—where the real foods are located.

Also, patronize local farmers, regional markets and Community Supported Agriculture programs.

And when you do want the occasional highly processed food (such as chips, crackers or cereal), strive to buy organic to help minimize the harmful ingredients.

Note that you don’t have to do a complete 180 all at once! Even making gradual changes like switching out one soda a day for water or opting for a salad as your side dish instead of French fries helps!

Make sure your bases are covered

If you've been a processed food fanatic for a while, chances are excellent you may be facing one or more nutrient deficiencies…and lacking nutrients is a leading contributing factor to literally all diseases.

Improving your diet can certainly help turn that around, but it may take some time. Plus our food supply is not as nutritious as it once was.

The best way to ensure ALL your nutrient bases are covered is with an outstanding quality multi-vitamin and mineral formula like our Super Core!

Super Core contains therapeutic, health-supporting doses of all major essential nutrients, plus an impressive array of disease-fighting natural anti-inflammatories and antioxidants too!

Feed your body the delicious REAL food it is meant to have and help support its healthy nutrient levels and I’m sure it will thank you handsomely for years to come!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

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