Processed Foods and Anti-Nutritional Results: Say What?

Hello again:

Here is an important concept that is easy to grasp, but no one talks about it, and that is that processed foods actually have ‘anti-nutritional’ values. The concept is this:

Processed foods contain anti-nutrients, which are things like chemicals and foods stripped of nutrients and nutritionally associated compounds (such as phytonutrients, bioflavonoids, polyphenols etc. that are essential to our natural and optimal biochemistry). In order for our bodily systems to metabolize these foods and artificial compounds and chemicals, we require the nutrients that should have come with the foods in the first place, as well as extra nutrients to get rid of the toxic chemicals. Without those nutrients, we actually have to rob our own store of nutrients, so we are in essence creating nutritional deficits…that is…nutrient insufficiencies and/or deficiencies. Thus, eating poorly contributes to declining health and the risk of chronic diseases, or another way to say it: suboptimal intake of nutrients with increased intake of toxic chemicals, increases the risk for chronic disease. As noted in the following link:

“…suboptimal intake of some vitamins, above levels causing classic vitamin deficiency (i.e., insufficiency), is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in the general population, especially the elderly. …Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.”

Bottom Line:

Please note that they clearly make the distinction that suboptimal intake of vitamins results in ‘insufficiency’ states that lead to chronic disease. Can’t get much clearer than that. Along with avoiding the consumption of ‘anti-nutrients’, it is probably a great idea to take a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement daily. At least that is what the science says…so, what’s in your tummy?

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