Which processed foods are better than natural?
Actually, naturalness doesn’t automatically mean a food is healthy, says Christina Sadler, manager at the European Food Information Council and researcher at the University of Surrey.
In fact, processed foods can also be good, because:
- Natural foods can contain toxins, and minimal processing can in fact make them safer.
- Processing can help to retain nutrients in the food we eat.
- Processing allows vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, calcium and folate, to be added to certain processed foods, including bread and cereal.
- Processing helps to preserve food and make it more accessible.
- In the past, the main reason food was processed was to increase its shelf life.
For a long time, preserving food by adding ingredients such as sugar or salt was crucial in order for people to survive winter.
- Adding heat makes a lot of foods edible, such as potatoes and mushrooms.
- And while some processing can make a food less nutritious, it can still make food more accessible.
So here’s the key: As long as we can recognize a processed food as being close to its natural form, having them in our diet may even be good for us.
> Source: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210521-which-processed-foods-are-better-than-natural