The Real Cost of Processed Foods

by PlantPure Team November 09, 2015

The Real Cost of Processed Foods

Refined foods are more calorie dense than the whole foods they’re made from. The explosion in the consumption of refined and processed foods is a major reason why our food has become far richer than it once was. This, in turn, has contributed to the pervasive increase in obesity among Americans.

It all goes back to 1973, when Congress passed a new farm subsidy bill. Among its major features were incentives that stimulated a huge increase in corn production. Among the results of our new corn surplus was the production of a low-cost sweetener called high-fructose corn syrup. Significantly cheaper than sugar from traditional sources, such as sugar cane, it allowed processed food makers to make an astonishingly broad range of products, from bread to hot dogs (no kidding), widely available to the public at low prices. The dramatic increase in their use is a major reason why our food has become richer. This richer food deceives the natural mechanisms our bodies possess to tell us when we’re full.

In our stomachs, we have both “stretch” and “density” receptors (the latter to determine the caloric density of our food). Five hundred calories of whole-plant food fills the stomach completely, triggering both our “stretch” and “density” receptors to signal our brain that we’ve had enough to eat. But 500 calories of unnaturally rich or processed foods fills the stomach far less—deceiving these receptors into telling our brain that we need to eat more. This creates a situation where we need to eat more calories than our bodies require in order to feel “full.”

If you needed another reason to avoid eating processed foods, this is a good one.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.




PlantPure Team
PlantPure Team

Author



Also in News

Fun With Spuds
Fun With Spuds

by PlantPure Team May 02, 2017

A simple potato can serve as the base for any meal, and also makes a great snack. Not only are potatoes inexpensive and satisfying, but with so many varieties and endless cooking options, you never have to be bored with potatoes. Here are some of our favorite ways to cook and prepare potatoes.

Read more 

The post Fun With Spuds appeared first on PlantPure Nation.

Important PlantPure Food Update
Important PlantPure Food Update

by PlantPure Team April 23, 2017

Last Friday night we launched the new version of our PlantPure Entrees on Amazon, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  We are humbled by some of the great reviews, and are also taking note of the suggestions people have provided.  
One thing we noticed was a trend of some of our meals being delivered with seals that were not fully intact. 

Read more 

The post Important PlantPure Food Update appeared first on PlantPure Nation.

From Plants to Politics
From Plants to Politics

by Nelson Campbell April 18, 2017

I try not to be overly dramatic in my writing, but I think most of us would agree we live in troubled times. We might define these troubles differently, but most of us have this sense. Most distressing in my view, however, are not the actual problems we face, but our inability to work together to find their solutions.
Read more

The post From Plants to Politics appeared first on PlantPure Nation.

love our recipes?

BUY OUR COOKBOOK

The PlantPure Nation Cookbook brings our powerful, science-based approach to nutrition from the big screen to your kitchen with some of the same mouthwatering recipes that kick-started the film, promoting the health benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet.