#182 Reduce processed foods

So you may have noticed that my blogging on the "pain and diet" topic has taken off a bit lately... I blame that on my sisters, both of whom are health nuts;) One is a vegetarian and part raw foodist, one is a natural scientist who is extremely well informed about what's in our food (and she shares all this information with me).

One thing they have often talked about is that we should avoid processed foods. Both because the nutritional value of processed foods are much lower than natural foods, because the ingredients in processed foods in many cases are very cheap and low quality and because they contain lots of chemicals.

Now you may wonder: What Exactly Are Processed Foods Anyway? And the simplest answer is: If it's boxed, bagged, canned or jarred and has a list of ingredients on the label, it's processed. Processed foods have been altered from their natural state for "safety" and convenience reasons - to make them last longer, be cheaper, have different texture, color and taste.

Highly processed foods are thought to be especially bad for provoking inflammation in the body and thus intensifying many chronic pain conditions. So avoid them, start buying more fresh produce and learn how to cook without highly processed ingredients. Maybe you can't go all natural, but at least you can avoid the worst... check out these 13 food labels that may be fooling you.

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