Homemade vs. Store Bought Foods

Mr. Jonathan talked with The Rhode Show about the difference between homemade and store bought foods. Watch it here!

What are Processed Foods?

  • – Processed foods are foods that have been compromised by the addition of hormones, additives, preservatives, or other chemical treatments that alter or destroy the natural nutrients our bodies need

  • – The main goal of food processing is to lengthen the shelf life of foods so that larger amounts can be sold over time.

  • What are the differences between whole foods and processed foods?

  • – Organic food is clean, safe, health-promoting, contains no synthetic chemicals, and are grown in a way that is natural as possible

  • – Processed food is any food that has been altered from its natural state in some way, either for safety reasons or convenience.

How can you tell if food is processed?

  • – If the ingredients contain chemicals you cannot pronounce it is most likely processed.

  • – Avoid boxes, bags, and cans. For example buy a fresh loaf of bread from the bakery rather than packaged white bread.

  • – Shop on the outer edge of the store- this is where you will find produce, meat, eggs, dairy, and seafood.

  • Benefits of Eating Home Cooked Meals

  • – Eating at home allows you to control the ingredients in your food, so you can use natural ingredients instead of unhealthy processed foods.

  • – Processed foods, frequently served in restaurants or available in premade meals from the grocery store, tend to be high in sodium, fat and added sugars.

  • – Eating homemade foods lets you add in more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diets so that you can focus on all-natural ingredients.

  • How can you include whole foods in your daily routine?

  • – Buy seasonal food directly from a local farmer at a farmer’s market.

  • – Once again, Shop around the perimeter of the grocery store.

  • – Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables!

  • – Try growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs at home.