Want Another Reason to Avoid Processed Food?

If you’ve followed my thoughts on getting fit and thin for any amount of time, you are aware of my feelings about processed food. I HIGHLY recommend avoiding the stuff. Your best results for weight loss and health will come from eating whole, unprocessed foods.

Even though I know how bad the processed stuff is, I sometimes still get surprised by how bad it truly is. Today is one of those days.

If you’re looking for an interesting and educating read, pick up The Omnivore’s Dilemma: a Natural History of 4 Meals by Michael Pollan.


The author traces 4 meals back to their origins, and it’s amazing what’s in the foods you may be eating. For example, one of the meals he traces is the chicken nuggets that you may pick up at that fast food restaurant with the clown and the golden arches. Just some chicken and a little bit of breading, right?

Wrong! There are actually 38 ingredients in one of those mcnuggets…38! And about 56% percent of that nasty little morsel is made of corn (don’t even get me wound up about corn and high fructose corn syrup…that’s a post for another day).

But you wanna know the worst thing of all? There are several synthetic ingredients that are made in a chemical plant or a petroleum refinery.

Yep, you read that right. Ingredients like dimethylpolysiloxene and tertiary butylhydroquinone; one is a carcinogen and the other causes nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, and delirium. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?

I’ve recommended avoiding processed foods because of the effect on weight loss, but it turns out there’s even more important reasons to avoid some processed foods.

I, for one, refuse to eat a big helping of carcinogens. I recommend you giving the matter some thought…it’s that important.


7 Responses to “Want Another Reason to Avoid Processed Food?”

  1. Gal Josefsberg Says:

    If you ever actually went behind the counter at a fast food place, you’d never eat at one again!

    But yah, McNuggets are especially vile. I’m so much happier now as a vegetarian. I try to eat as much local stuff and as many organic products as possible. I ended up with a diet that was healthier, cheaper and better for the environment.


  2. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hi, Gal — sounds like the vegetarian diet works well for you!



  3. thedietpulpit Says:

    What a great post! One way to stay on a healthy eating plan is to actually know what is in the fast foods that you are craving. Lady Rose

  4. Sandy Says:

    NOO! Don’t talk about my mcnuggets that way!

  5. southernfriedfatty Says:

    Good Post. I thought McNuggets were made out of sawdust

  6. totaltransformation Says:

    Well, (sets down chicken nuggets) that ruined my meal.

  7. loseweightwithme Says:

    LADY ROSE — It kinda killed any desire I’ve ever had for some mcnuggets!’

    SANDY — Sorry…but somebody had to tell you! 🙂

    SFF — I think they’d be healthier if they WERE made out of sawdust!

    TT — Ruined your meal, but imporved your health 🙂

    Thanks to all for stopping by and commenting!


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