Why should we restrict intake of unhealthy processed foods?

Why should we restrict intake of unhealthy processed foods

Frequent consumption of unhealthy processed food increases calorie intake without providing any nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Apart from being nonnutritious, processed foods also contain food additives. Food additives consumed beyond permissible limits may have adverse effects on health. The national food regulatory authorities periodically review these limits. Thus, consumption of processed foods may not only affect intake of nutrients, but in addition, increase the risk of exposure to various chemical additives. 

In the coming years, with larger constraints on time at home, demand for processed foods is certain to increase. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that intake of a nutritionally balanced diet is not compromised with unwise intake of various processed and convenience foods. Processed vegetables and fruits available in the market are no match to nutrient rich fresh vegetables and fruits.

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