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How Healthy Is Your Food? Processed Versus Unhealthy Processed Foods

We all keep stressing the fact that we should avoid processed foods. But what are processed foods? How do they affect health and wellbeing?  what is unhealthy processed food processed versus unhealthy processed food There are processed versus unprocessed foods. Then there are healthy processed foods and unhealthy processed foods. Confused? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines processed food as any raw food item that undergoes a series of processes, such as " washing, cleaning, milling, cutting, chopping, heating, pasteurizing, blanching, cooking, canning, freezing, drying, dehydrating, mixing, packaging or other procedures that alter the food from its natural state. " The processing does not end here. Additionally,  other ingredients may be added to the food. This includes additives, flavors, preservatives,  nutrients, salt, sugars, and fats.  In simple words, processed foods include anything that has been changed in its form. For example, a cookie is pr