What “processed” means in processed food

April 17, 2015 by Joshua
in Fitness, Nature

People talk down about processed food. I think it’s important to clarify what “processed” means. Does peeling a banana qualify as processing it? Does frying something count?

How is a Twinkie different than something you prepare yourself?

For some reason, people like to argue with people about what they eat. I wish I could say I don’t understand why but I used to too.

Anyway, I found a definition that works for me. Or rather I found a division between what I avoid and what I eat that I think captures what people mean when they say they avoid processed foods.

I avoid foods where someone removed the fiber. That knocks out corn syrup, white bread, fruit juice, refined sugar, most junk food, and the like. I already don’t eat a lot of foods with no fiber, like meat and dairy.

I make exceptions for the few alcohols I drink—wine, beer, and scotch—and a few oils like olive oil.

You don’t have to follow my division. I’m not recommending it, not because I don’t like it but because I don’t want people arguing with me. But maybe it will work for you.

Read my weekly newsletter

On initiative, leadership, the environment, and burpees

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

Leave a Reply

Sign up for my weekly newsletter