Mini Review - Insights in Nutrition and Metabolism (2023) Volume 7, Issue 2
The effect of processed foods on metabolic health.
Processed foods have become a significant part of the modern diet due to their convenience, affordability, and availability. However, their consumption has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and gut microbiome disruptions. Highly processed foods are often high in calories, sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, while low in essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In contrast, whole, unprocessed foods are often high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and low in unhealthy fats, sodium, and added sugar. To improve metabolic health, it is essential to reduce the consumption of processed foods and focus on whole, unprocessed foods. Cooking at home using whole foods and healthy cooking methods can help achieve this goal. By making small changes to our diets and lifestyle, we can improve our metabolic health and overall well-being.Author(s): Robin Poppitt