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The Basics on Processed Foods & Your Health

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, our team at AFC Urgent Care Baytown wants to talk to you about the benefits of limiting processed foods. Between working, running errands, and taking the kids to school and after-school activities, the last thing you probably want to think about is cooking a healthy supper from scratch. While it’s unnecessary to cut processed foods out of your diet entirely, cutting back on them is a good idea.

Processed Might be Convenient for You, But Not Your Health

It’s true. Processed food is very convenient. But what is its impact on your health?

Can you really have eggs without bacon for breakfast? Try to limit your bacon intake to once or twice a week at most. Bacon not only contains high levels of sodium, which is added during processing, but it’s also full of saturated fat, which is linked to health conditions such as heart disease, obesity, headaches and even cancer.

Oh, the granola bar. These are an easy-to-grab snack or breakfast item for on the go, but they tend to contain a good deal of added sugar and are full of simple carbs. While you think you’re doing a good thing by satisfying your hunger with a granola bar, you’re actually giving your body something that is easily digestible, which will make you hungry again faster!

Another processed food item that is a common household name, especially for our college students—instant ramen noodles. Yes, ramen noodles are a cheap item and are cooked within minutes. However, the sodium count in ramen noodles is unbelievable. While the American Heart Association recommends only 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily for adults, one packet of ramen noodles contains almost 2,000milligrams of sodium.

Is your stomachache from the processed food you’ve been consuming or something more? Visit AFC Urgent Care Baytown today to let us diagnose the source of your pain and get you back to feeling better.