When we consider the food that we eat, it is important to consider and acknowledge certain issues and problems.
Whilst food has never been more widely available in the developed world, we are facing an epidemic of obesity, an occurrence which can carry a multitude of health risks, from sleep apnea through to diabetes, depression, cancer and heart attacks.
Take a look at some facts below to see how the food we eat tends to be more processed in the modern day…
-Studies have shown that it is three times harder to actually acquire energy from healthy food than it is to acquire it from unhealthy food. With processed food usually full of sugar, the sudden surge in energy can come at the cost of a small chocolate bar, whilst a large meal might be needed to power us when made up of healthy food.
-Did you know that just one can of pop can contain up to nine cubes of sugar? That’s two cubes more than an adults recommended daily average.
-Availability. For urban areas, it can be tricky to access fresh produce, with the level of fast food chains tend to be denser in a well populated community.
-Advertising. Did you know that just 1.2 % of advertising funds is spent on vegetables, whilst a whopping 22% is spent on fast food. An abundance in our exposure to fast food can really wreak havoc with the normalising of processed food in our daily diet.
So, in light of this, how can we access healthy food safely and at an affordable price? Take a look below…
-buy frozen produce. Despite the guidelines being for 5 fruit and vegetables daily, a recent study revealed that only 28% of adults are actually consuming this amount. A brilliant tip for ensuring produce in your dishes is to buy frozen fruit and veg. Not only is this a cheaper option, but frozen fruit can be tipped into smoothies whilst frozen veg can be incorporated into a range of dishes, from pasta through to curry and soup.
-Cook from home when you can. Ensuring that you create the vast majority of your meals at home will maintain the absence of high sugar, high carb and heavily processed foods. Not only are these options detrimental to your health, they can also interfere with sleep and the overall quality of our rest.
-Cook simple. Home cooking doesn’t have to be extravagant, with simple dishes such as soups, salads and sandwiches all having a place in healthy eating. Large dishes such as curry or pasta sauces can also be brilliant as they can be filled with veg, cooked in bulk, and enjoyed throughout the week.
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