past tense: processed; past participle: processed
perform a series of mechanical or chemical operations on (something) in order to change or preserve it.
What do you consider a processed food?
Have you ever thought that your bagged spinach is a processed food?
In fact, the majority of all food go through a process to prepare it for retail.
Does this mean it is tainted, or less healthy for you?
Even many foods you would normally consider “processed”, such as lunch meats, are wholesome, nutritious foods when consumed in moderation.
Picture a world without processed foods for a moment.
We already waste an astronomical amount of food as it is, 40% of all food produced in the U.S. to be specific. If we couldn’t wash, package, or preserve any of our foodstuffs, could you imagine where this number would be?
Forty million people in America alone are at risk for hunger. To remove processing in food would increase the hunger crisis not only in the U.S. but globally.
It makes sense to be suspicious or scared of something you don’t understand, such as hard-to-pronounce food ingredients. However, these ingredients are harmless contributors to our foods that we know and love!
If you have questions, I encourage you to reach out to an expert on the topic. A university is a great place to start, and I would be happy to answer any questions you have. Contact your JRW Regional Sales Manager for any more information.
I encourage everyone to embrace how processing in food is saving lives of people and children worldwide while keeping your favorite dishes fresh and delicious!