Processed foods make up most of the American diet

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It seems that fast and convenient may not always be the way to go, particularly with what we eat.

At least that’s what some researchers say in their study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

They say those highly-processed convenience foods are full of sugar and fat. And, those processed foods made up more than three-fourths of what we ate in 2012.

For those keeping score at home, that broke down to sixty-one percent of our diets come from highly processed food and drinks with sixteen percent from moderately processed.

So, what is processed food?

Glad you asked. It’s just about everything in packages in grocery stores.

Very simply, if you didn’t grow it, or if it’s not raw, it’s processed, and that means it has lots of additives, like simple salt.

We’ve told you before that the Center for Science in the Public Interest says we could save the lives of 100,000 Americans every year if we cut out 2,000 milligrams of salt a day.

That’s less than a teaspoon.

The salt police say, on average, we put about twice that amount into our bodies every day, about 4-thousand milligrams. And that includes what’s in processed foods.

A cup of canned green beans has 760 milligrams of salt. That’s 38 percent of what the salt police recommend.

And all those supposedly healthy foods like breakfast cereals, salad dressings, breads, and cheese may not be as good for us as we’re led to believe with phrases such as “all natural”, “whole grain”, “no preservatives”.

The bottom line is that processed foods may not always be bad for you, but they may not always be good for you. And that’s more than just food for thought.

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