In this summer's hit biopic "Get On Up," Chadwick Boseman makes James Brown's processed hair look almost, well, natural. But that 'do isn't the only processed item that's gotten big press lately.
There's a debate going on about good vs. bad processed food and the Food and Drug Administration's proposal to give added sugar its own line on processed foods' nutrition labels.
Food manufacturers are pushing back hard.
We say, LABEL IT LARGE!
If you could dodge all added sugar, you'd eliminate an artery-clogging criminal, plus most of you would ditch 16 percent of your daily calories!
And sugar's not the only heart-stopping added ingredient in processed foods: Lots are stuffed with saturated fats and sodium. The American Society for Nutrition says processed foods account for around 50 percent of the saturated fat, 57 percent of the sodium and 75 percent of sugars that most Americans consume.
On the other hand, not all processed food is bad: Whole-grain cereal with added vitamins, yellow mustard (Dr. Mike loves it for its turmeric!) and vitamin D-boosted low-fat almond milk are processed, too. According to the ASN, processed foods also provide 55 percent of your dietary fiber, 34 percent of your vitamin D, and 65 percent of folate.
So, before you drop packaged food into your grocery cart, ask yourself, "What was done to this to make it look and taste like it does?" and read the nutrition label.
Don't like your answer? Put it back! Then you can walk out of the grocery singing "Mama's (or Papa's) Gotta Brand New Bag"!
© 2014 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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