We all know that we should be eating fewer processed foods and focusing our diets more on whole fruits and veggies, fresh meat and fish, and whole grains and healthy sources of fats. But getting our families to eat fewer processed foods is a whole different beast. Trying to adjust your family’s diet to one that is healthier can certainly be an uphill battle, but it is a battle worth waging when you consider the myriad of benefits that eating less processed food can bring you. Here are three benefits that your family will get when they stop eating so much processed food.
The first benefit that your family will get when they begin to eat fewer processed foods is the opportunity to eat far more high-nutrient foods. The unfortunate reality is that while processed foods may be convenient and tasty, they are not very nutritious. Your body needs nutrients to function properly, particularly vitamins and minerals for the best possible functioning. By removing processed foods from their diet, your family is opening the door to all sorts of high nutrient food possibilities, like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and fresh meats and fish.
Another one of the many benefits of getting your family to eat fewer processed foods is that they will consume less sugar. Sugar is yummy, but it is far from the healthiest thing on the planet to eat. High sugar diets can lead to the development of diabetes and hypertension, along with weight gain. Processed foods are notoriously high in sugar, and often contain added sugars. Lots of granola bars and crackers have added sugar in them. With less sugar, your family will feel healthier, more energetic, and less tired while still getting to enjoy sugar in other foods.
And the last benefit of getting your family to eat fewer processed foods that we will talk about today is weight loss. Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor and contributing factor to all sorts of chronic diseases and conditions, from heart disease to diabetes and everything in between. Processed foods are often full of fats and sugars that can pack in a ton of calories and contribute to weight gain. Removing these foods from your diet, when combined with healthy eating, exercise, and a calorie deficit, can contribute to weight loss.
Processed foods are not very good for you or your family’s health. But getting your family to eat fewer processed foods can be difficult to say the least. Remember these three benefits of cutting processed foods to stay energized towards achieving your goal.
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