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Can You Crack This Processed Food Challenge?

Vageesha Mishra Nov 27, 2020
Confusions often revolve around processed foods as more or less most foods are put to some form of processing.
Test your knowledge and also add to it with this quiz for don't they say, we are what we eat?!
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A minimally processed food is either unprocessed or is minimally processed. They are fresh, less chemicals carrying and full of inherent nutrients.
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Most food undergo some processing which are not always bad like pasteurization of milk. A healthy processed food has least processing like canned beans, rolled oats and mustard oil, etc.
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The best practice would be going through the ingredients listed on processed foods. Higher the number of added ingredients, the more processed is the food and should be avoided.
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The NOVA system classifies processed foods into four categories based on their degree of processing. Introduced in 2009, NOVA is widely popular but it is criticized for being very simplistic.
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Ultra-Processed foods undergo huge processing and have many added ingredients like sugar, salt, artificial flavors, preservatives, fats and dyes to boost flavors and shelf life. Example - cookies, sauce, etc.
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Since Ultra-Processed foods are full of heavy salt, sugar and flavor enhancing chemicals, many studies have found these foods to be causing cancer, obesity and severe health concerns.
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Many times, the ingredients list on processed foods use alternative terms for sugar, salt and chemicals which make them difficult to spot. Keeping yourself updated on them will surely help.
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As per NOVA, the four categories of processed foods are unprocessed or minimally processed foods, processed culinary ingredients, processed foods and Ultra-Processed foods.
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There are many phytochemical nutrients and fibrous elements present in the peels of the vegetables and fruits which are lost when they are peeled off for a dish.
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Fortified foods are those that have extra nutrients added to them like adding vitamin D to milk, or cereals with vitamin B, etc. It’s a form of food processing to make food healthier.
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As most foods are processed, a balance is important as we cannot do away with them. An easier way is opting for less processed foods like fresh bakery bread instead of a store one that has preservatives for longer shelf life.
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Ultra-processed foods contain chemicals like added flavors, emulsifiers, trans fat and the like to enhance their flavors and shelf life.
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