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What exactly is "processed food?"


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What exactly is "processed food?"

Firegoat | Jan 5, 2009 10:49 AM

Over the holiday weekend I was surfing a bunch of sites I normally don't hit while pondering making a healthier diet and fitness plan for the new year.

Long story short... I came upon a story on where celebrity cook/chef Rachael Ray discussed her philosphy on healthy eating. It was an interview consisting of 6 questions and 6 answers. One of her answers kind of surprised me. After I got over the surprise, I starting pondering it.

The answer that I questioned is here: With a link to the full version.
3. What’s your personal eating philosophy?

It’s a volume thing for me—I like to eat a lot of food. The only way to do that and not become huge and grossly unhealthy is to mix in vegetables and lean protein. Plus I don’t eat processed food. I think processed foods pollute people, bloat them up, and make them hugely unhealthy. I just didn’t grow up with it, and you don’t miss what you don’t have.

Okay, I have a couple of Rachael Ray cookbooks (gifts! gifts I swear!). And I know they include numerous recipes involving hot dogs (Chicago hot dog salad anyone?), pasta, salami, bacon, cheese, bread, potato chips, even Rice Krispies. (As a breading.) Additionally, Rachael has been a spokesperson for Nabisco, Burger King, and Dunkin' Donuts, and mentioned liking BK fries, and sneaking in onions to eat at the stadium on her hot dogs at ball games.

After reading that response, and knowing that she often remarks that she eats so much salami she smells like it.... I'm wondering... what exactly IS processed food?

I did a good search on "processed food." And found no easy answers. Certainly no answers that included hot dogs and salami.

Hounds? What do YOU consider processed food? Is a block of cheddar cheese processed? How about a sack of pasta?

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