Which processed foods are bad for you?
Wednesday, 7 October · 2 min read

When you’re stuck indoors, it's easy to pick up bad eating habits. But it's important to avoid the temptation and to try and follow a healthy diet to maintain your overall wellbeing.

Some experts say that cutting down on processed foods is a good place to start. But to do this, it's important to understand which foods fit into this group.

According to the UK’s National Health Service, a processed food is any food that’s been altered during preparation, for example by freezing, baking or drying. This includes:

  • bread and other baked goods
  • milk and other dairy products
  • tinned or frozen vegetables
  • savoury snacks like pastries, crisps or sausage rolls
  • meat products, such as bacon, sausage, ham, salami and paté
  • cakes and biscuits
  • microwave and ready meals

But while some of these foods contain a lot of fat, sugar and salt, others can be part of a healthy and balanced diet.

So not all processed foods are bad for you.

It's best to limit foods like processed meats, snacks, cakes, biscuits and ready meals in your diet. These often have high amounts of fat, sugar and salt to add flavour and help preserve them.

But the best way to maintain a healthy diet is to check the nutritional labels of any foods you're buying. This can help you keep an eye on their content and make healthier choices while you shop.

Quote of the day

A healthy diet is a solution to many of our healthcare problems. It's the most important solution.

John Mackey, Whole Foods Market CEO

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