Give Your Diet a “Real Food” Makeover
As documentaries like Food Inc and advocates like author Michael Pollan have emerged in recent years to show us the industrialization of our food supply, the term "real foods" has entered our vocabulary. The phrase refers to foods that are nourishing, whole, and produced in a humane and sustainable way—an antidote to the highly processed junk foods that are so prevalent in our diets. (Search: What are the worst processed foods?)
“The problem with so many of these [processed] foods is that they contribute to diets high in sugar, salt, and saturated fat, and deficient in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The consequences are obesity, heart disease, tooth decay, diabetes, and other chronic diseases,” says Michael Jacobson, PhD, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit organization that’s launching the nation’s first-ever Food Day on Monday, October 24, to raise awareness about food-related issues.
To help you clean up your diet, we’ve identified six unhealthy foods to ditch and nutritious “real food” replacements.
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