Written by Cove Johnson Rabidoux
We all love processed foods and they have become a staple in most of our diets for decades, but their popularity has taken a toll on our health. Research shows that there are hidden dangers of processed foods and that they can lead to a range of health issues. Poor nutrition from processed foods can be linked to serious health risks such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
Processed foods are often high in sodium, sugar, saturated fat, and artificial additives –– all of which can contribute to poor health. Eating large amounts of processed foods can cause an imbalance in our bodies and can lead to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. This lack of nutrition can affect our immune system and can make us more prone to illness and disease. The high amounts of sugar found in processed foods can also hurt our health. Eating too much processed food has also been linked to increased levels of stress and fatigue.
But while processed food may be unhealthy, it is also priced at a low cost which makes it more accessible to people with lower incomes. This means that people living in poverty are disproportionately exposed to processed foods because they often can’t afford more expensive, healthier food.
This brings up the question of the accessibility of nutritious food. Many people don’t have access to healthy food, therefore, it’s essential that we advocate for nutritious food and make it more accessible for people who have low financial means. Making nutritious food more available can help improve the health of everyone, including those living in poverty. Plus, more nutritious food will not only give people access to healthier and more balanced diets, but it will also help to reduce the health risks associated with these processed foods.
So to help make healthy, unprocessed food more accessible to everyone, we need to advocate for healthier food options and create policies that make nutritious food more accessible and affordable for people of all incomes! This could involve increasing access to fresh produce in low-income areas, creating incentives for healthy eating, and providing nutritional education and resources to those who need it most. By doing this, we can help to create a more equitable food system and ensure that all people have access to nutritious food.