Processed foods have an “unhealthy, stay away from me” stamp on them, but not all processed foods are bad for you. OK, so this obviously doesn’t mean that you should sprint to the shops and buy a basket full of ready meals, or stack up on bacon and sausages for a butty! When you think of processed foods, you think of microwave meals, hams, salamis, bacon, sausages, cakes, biscuits etc… but after completing our Level 3 Nutrition course, you’ll find out about the hidden, healthy processed foods.
Leading Nutrition and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association Helen Bond explained that not all processed foods are bad for you and in fact, some of them carry more nutrients and goodness that fresh produce – plus they’re cheaper! These include:
- Tinned tomatoes
- Frozen veg and fruit
- Tinned pulses
The above processed foods are popular trolley fillers and not only do they have longer shelf-life, but they provide the basics for a meal. There’s no debate that ready/ microwave meals aren’t the healthiest for you, even the proclaimed “weight loss” ones. But they were designed for convenience rather than everyday use and it’s advisable that you check the ingredients and nutritional value before buying them.
Our Level 3 Nutrition course will go into more detail about the different types of foods, but you’ll be surprised just how many processed foods we consume each day, milk being one of them.
Most food has to be processed in order to sellable in supermarkets and healthy to consume. Milk has to be pasteurised before it can be sold to remove bacteria, but some are altered with added sugar, salt and fat content which means you’ll consume more calories. So just check the label before buying.
So don’t be afraid to advertise processed food such as frozen fruit and veg, pulses, milk and tinned tomatoes to your clients. These are all good processed foods packed with goodness.
To learn more about processed foods and the different food groups, register for our Level 3 Nutrition course today.