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How Is Processed Food More Convenient Than Organic Food
Farmers' food: It is always healthy to supplement with natural produce, shop around for good prices. ...Read more
Lower cost of: Storage, transport, less wastage of food in processed foods as compared to fresh vegetables and fruits. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Locally grown food is in general better and supports local farmers. Not all locally grown food is organic....No pesticides. Imported foods are often picked very early in order to not ripen and rot before they can be sold. Some foods can only be obtained from far away. So it depends on the food and overall if able, buy local. ...Read more
Depends on variables: Junk food is often cheeper because it is mass produced, filled with preservatives & can stay in a usable form for extended periods. It may also be refined from lesser quality food sources that would not sell in the market. Compare this to fruits and vegatables with a limited shelf life & transport costs that must speed the product to market. Grow your own or shop smart and you can cut costs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A Hot Subject: Yes,maybe.Harvard scientists found t the body uses more energy in digesting raw food than it does cooked food; that more of the energy available from raw food is lost to bacteria in our gut than is the case with cooked food, and that the body expends energy fighting off pathogens that are more prolific in raw food than in cooked.Who'd-a thunk?Also,strictly speaking hot food contains more calories. ...Read more
Depends: I would argue that eating plantains is better than eating white, processed rice. Then again, what isn't healthier than white, processed rice? These days though, certain rice products can be brown or packed with other fibers/nutrients. Enjoy! ...Read more
Possibly: There are growing concerns among some groups that microwaving food alters its chemical structure. Whether these alleged alterations can endanger one's health is still a controversy being studied. If you feel more comfortable using a convection oven, by all means, do so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Definitions of "natural food" vary. There's a huge amount of cultism and misguided emotion here. There's less tendency to overeat health food than processed food (though i often can't stop eating raising-and-peanuts). We couldn't feed our world without pesticides & fertilizers & these don't make food unhealthy -- i'm not going to argue here. Do your own thinking & decide who to trust. ...Read more
Raw verses cooked.: Washed raw fruit and vegetables contain more nutrients than those cooked. Certain types of foods must be cooked for safety however. ...Read more
Is a veggie smoothie with the pulp more nutritious to consume vs eating it (let's say both processes use raw veggies)?
Smoothies: Smoothies are often not very healthy since most, like yours, are concentrated sugar calories. If you are overweight or at risk of diabetes the carbohydrates and sugar are the enemy. There is no health difference to the smoothie you asked about. Both sound like 100% carb calories. ...Read more
Nothing: Baby food is not actually healthier. It is more processed than regular food. It is actually better to make your own baby food. Baby food is a convenience item. ...Read more
Is there sodium in fried food? How about homemade fried food without salt? (Fry food in oil without any seasoning?) If so, how much sodium?
All life is based on: water with added salts, including humans. Typical sodium concentration in water outside human cells: 140 mEq/L, inside cells: 5 mEq/L. Sodium has long been both over-promoted by medical disease industry http://goo.gl/Blh6rW as harmful & added to various foods, cheap, to "enhance" flavor for taste appeal & sales. While ? Na can aggravate edema; is rarely the primary cause of ?ed water retention. ...Read more
How much sodium is in no-salt-added diet if it includes purchased baked goods and processed foods?
1500 mg: 1500 mg is your daily budget. Your food can still taste great. Crank up the flavor by adding more spice to your dish. Example: if you're cooking with garlic, add more garlic than the recipe calls for. You can find more information here: www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.Pdf congrats on making great changes! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nutrition: Why do people, in general, think that eating sugary tasting fruit is any better than eating candy? Sugar is sugar, right?
Fruit is much better: Sugar or sucrose in candy is a combination of glucose and fructose. It is rapidly digested and absorbed resulting in increased fat storage in fat and the liver, in part promoted by Insulin stimulation. Fruits have fructose in much lower amounts, as much as 5 times lower, with slower absorption and benefits from other nutrients such as vitamin C and fiber. ...Read more
Burgers: In my opinion burgers in excessive quantity are bad for you as compared to noodles. ...Read more
How to get enough nutrients and everything but not more eating. to avoid processed foods, sugar, gluten. limit meat. go plant based with fish and eggs?
Nutritious Diet: I commend you for avoiding processed foods and limiting meat! For Good Nutritious Diet, eat: Brown Rice, quinoa, millet, barley, or buckwheat, Oatmeal. Vegetables- kale, Swiss chard, beet greens, collards, mustard turnip greens, and spinach. Beans and lentils, soy foods Walnuts, flax, pumpkin, sunflower, seeds Salmon trout or herring twice a week Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day ...Read more
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