When you’re trying to live and eat more naturally, one of the first things a nutritionist will tell you to get cut out of your diet is processed foods. Because we all know that filling up on fresh, whole foods is better for us, right? But the thing is, it’s not that simple - because not all processed foods are created equally.
"Not all processes are bad—some forms of preserving and preparing food are very smart ideas," Registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom explains. "Many of these items are nutritious and make it more convenient to cook at home."
She actually separates foods into four different groups, based on processes: unprocessed and minimally processed foods, processed culinary ingredients, processed foods, and ultra-processed foods - these include hot dogs and Pop-Tarts. And foods in that last category have been linked to obesity, high blood sugar levels, and hypertension, we know they’re not healthy for us.
But Rosenbloom’s third group - the processed foods - is not nearly as dangerous. She describes them as “foods that undergo some processing and contain just two or three ingredients.” So in this case, the “processing” doesn’t take away from the nutritional value of the food. These five processed foods get a thumbs up from Rosenbloom:
- Canned fish
- Salted nuts
- Fermented breads
- Frozen vegetables
- Probiotic yogurt
Source: My Domaine