Organic junk food is still junk food

Organic junk food is still junk food

From a macronutrient perspective, organic junk foods are often identical to their conventional counterparts. 

They tend to be equally high in sugar and low in protein and fiber, which makes food less satiating and more likely to cause health problems long term.

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Organic Snacks Aren't Necessarily Healthier Than Junk Food

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Checking the labels

In general, a lengthy list of ingredients means a food’s been highly processed, especially if it contains refined sweeteners or additives like soy lecithin, glycerin or guar gum.

Manufacturers can use synthetic fibers or other nutrients to boost their nutrition label, the ingredient list can better clue us in.

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The “health halo” effect
It refers to a scientifically researched phenomenon in which certain claims, such as “low fat” or “made with organic ingredients” can lead us to assume a food is healthier or lower in calories. 

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Organic isn't always healthy

Many organic brands tend to cater to a health-conscious crowd, meaning they’ll often use less processing or healthier ingredients to appeal to their consumers. But the organic label alone does not guarantee this.

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Natural

The term is not formally defined by the Food and Drug Administration. But, the government agency doesn't object to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.

Natural does not mean organic or healthy. So, always read the ingredient list to really know what's in a food.

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People eat junk food mostly out of convenience
If you’re eating out all the time, it’s really difficult to eat well. Restaurant food tends to be loaded with salt and additives—stuff that makes it taste good and that won’t inflate its calorie count, but that can still sabotage your health goals, he says.

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Here's One Simple Way You Can Start Eating Healthier

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Processed Foods: Origins
  • 400,000 years ago, man decided to cook meat on fire, and the first ‘processed’ food was consumed.
  • Agriculture started about 15,000 years ago and gave way to fermentation of alcohol and dairy products, baking, and preservation of meat by salt or brining.
  • Food processing has been important for keeping food edible for long, and to create new flavours.

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What were the first processed foods?

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