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Is Processed Food Dangerous?

Is it safe to eat processed food? Julie M. Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, CFS, FICC, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emerita, Foods and Nutrition, St. Catherine University, says to look beyond the processing and focus on the diet as a whole.

Is processed food dangerous?

Dr. Jones:

In my view, it is not how the food is processed but rather how the food fits into the overall diet. For example, some ready-to-eat cereals provide fiber and missing nutrients. I urge consumers to eat frozen, dried and canned fruits and vegetables because we have good data that diets rich in fruits and veggies are associated with lower risks of a number of chronic diseases and increased longevity.

Eating too much of any food (processed or not) is the problem with most U.S. diets. Many diets have foods that are nutrient poor; this is the problem, not processing. 

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