April 23, 2024

Portal Turist Coecua Toriano

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Avoiding ultra-processed foods in today’s world takes willpower and diligence.

The problem with ultra-processed foods is that they are high in simple carbohydrates, high in sodium, and low in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.

From pasteurized milk to frozen vegetables, almost all food we eat has been processed to some degree. Processing keeps our food fresh longer and safe from bacterial spoilage. However, there are different levels of processing, and some aren’t so healthy. There are four classes of processed foods, according to the NOVA food classification system.

Group one is natural foods that are unprocessed or minimally processed. Examples are fresh fruits, nuts, eggs, milk, fresh vegetables, and raw cuts of meat, poultry and fish.

Group two is processed culinary ingredients that are products extracted from natural foods by pressing, grinding, crushing or refining. Examples are vegetable oils, butter, sugar, honey and salt.

Group three is processed foods that have oil, salt or sugar added to help preserve or make them more palatable. Most of these still have just a few ingredients. Examples include canned vegetables, cured meats, canned fish, cheese and bread.