Why It’s Difficult to Lose Weight While Eating Processed Food – Raw Foods Are Healthier

Most of us struggle with maintaining a healthy weight. I have had the opportunity to travel to a few parts of the world. I have noticed that for the most part, the people of the Far East and the Middle East, generally seem to be thinner than most westerners. I have also noticed that most of their food comes from natural, unprocessed sources. For the most part the markets brim with local produce, meat and fish.

On a recent return from Asia, I was struck with the stark difference between my local “super” market and the markets I saw in China. Only a small fraction of my local store was stocked with produce, and it certainly wasn’t local or very fresh. The majority of the space is used for packaged goods. In other words processed. There are rows and rows of delicious food all wrapped up in colorful packages designed to get our attention and cause us to buy. A great deal of energy is devoted to processing, packaging and marketing all those products. They are designed to trigger our self gratifying instinct to override our true need for nutrition.

Processed food has to be bagged, boxed, canned or jarred in order to deliver it to consumers. These foods have to be altered in some way shape or form, in order to “safely” preserve them and conveniently transport and store them. Because they are altered from their natural state, labels describing the ingredients must be attached to the packaging. This is all very efficient and profitable for the food industry. For the consumer it is the epitome of convenience.

Let’s have a look at an example of the ingredients in a strawberry milkshake from a famous fast food company:

Amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamylvalerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl Nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerbate, heliotropin, hydroxphrenyl-2butanone(10% solution to alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbone, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl slicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobulyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, sore rum ether, g-undecalctone, vanillin, and solvent3.

What happened to the milk and strawberries??? No one ate this stuff a hundred years ago, it didn’t exist!

The question we have to ask ourselves is; should this be going into our bodies? The way I remember biology 101, our bodies need carbohydrates, protein and fats. Is it food if comes from a lab? For thousands of years our bodies have been consuming what comes directly from the earth. Now we are feeding them stuff that comes through a lab! Should we be surprised that we struggle to be healthy, let alone be slim and trim?

Foods like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, bean sprouts, milk, eggs etc., need no labels to describe the ingredients. It seems that our bodies are tuned to process these ingredients already. Could it be that since those other substances are foreign and unnatural our bodies just can’t efficiently metabolize them? Yes I know, those chemicals are the synthetic version of the natural ones. But are they better? Is it possible that in the pursuit of profit and convenience we’ve left something out? Or put something in that shouldn’t be there?

Here comes the whamy, heavily processed foods are usually higher in sugar, fat and salt. These foods are lower in nutrients and fiber than the raw food used to create them. This then is the ideal combination for the body to convert and store as fat, in addition to water retention.

So in the fight against unhealthy weight gain from excess fat, processed foods should be mostly avoided! A return to a mostly raw and natural diet will most certainly result in a healthier and trimmer you! Remember, according to the World Health Organization, processed foods are to blame for the spike in obesity levels and chronic disease around the world.

Source by Martin Zazaki