It can be pretty hard to avoid processed foods, if you want to be eating clean. Almost all of the snacks you can purchase in your local supermarket are highly processed. They are filled with too much fat, sodium, and sugar. Processed foods are basically any foods that have been altered in some way, either for convenience or safety reasons. The main difference between eating processed foods and preparing something at home from scratch is that when you’re preparing something, you know how much sugar and salt you’re adding into the food.
However, it’s important to note that just because a food is processed doesn’t mean that it’s unhealthy. For example, milk has to be processed (more specifically, pasteurized) in order to remove harmful bacteria from it. However, when excess fat, sugar, and salt gets added to foods in order to make them tastier and prolong their shelf life, it may cause you to develop some health problems. Consuming a large amount of unhealthy, processed foods can lead to a higher risk of heart disease or cancer.