The whole truth about the dangers of semi

Today almost every second person can hear about the benefits of consuming natural and organic products. In our vocabulary is firmly entrenched such words and phrases as “wholemeal” and “healthy food”, “all natural”, “dietary supplements.” But more recently, scientific evidence in support of the movement for healthy eating was with gulkin nose. There are many people who still prefer to eat semi-finished products. For them we have not good news.


Semi-finished products harmful to health


People eating more processed food (the last thermal and other types of food processing) can not only increase the risk of various diseases of the cardiovascular system, but also shortening my life. Here you have two examples.

One study involved more than 100,000 people. Scientists within 5 years collecting information about the daily diet of these people, and watched over their health. In the end it turned out that those who ate a lot of processed food, the risk of developing diseases associated with the cardiovascular system increased by 10 percent.

In the second study, researchers in the 14 years watching what you eat 20,000. The analysis of these data showed that the mortality rate among people who ate at the a period of time observing a lot of semi-finished products was 18 percent higher than those of semi-finished products hardly ate or did not eat at all.

Semi-finished products lead to weight gain

Scientists from the United States released the results of another study. It describes how people get fat on processed foods. Scientists to conduct an experiment. Chose 20 healthy people (10 men and 10 women) and at 28 days to “put” them on a special diet.


The first 14 days, people ate food with a high degree of food processing. Then the diet is dramatically changed, and people are allowed to eat only minimally processed foods. In both cases, the participants could eat as much food as they wanted.

The results were incredible. When diet on a very processed food that people ate in a day on 500 calories more than on a diet with minimally processed food, about 3000 calories vs 2500. 14 days semi diet people scored on average 1 kilogram weight. The transition to less processed foods has allowed them to reduce 1 kg of weight.

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Too much of calories and weight gain was observed even when both diets were present the same amount of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and various minerals.

Why we get fat?

It should be noted that the diet on processed foods consist of all sorts of burgers, chips and Cola, candy and other “junk food.” People ate regular canned foods (soups, vegetables, meat), bread and so on.

Overeating and weight gain due to the fact that the semis usually eaten 50 percent faster than raw food. This happens because processed foods are usually softer. It is easier to chew and swallow. In addition, such food contains more calories per gram of product. She has a high energy value. In minimally processed food contains more solid fibers (cellulose, which is contained in products of plant origin). They provide little energy and almost not absorbed by the body.

Our stomach takes about 20 minutes to tell the brain that we have had enough and need to reduce our appetite. When we quickly consumed the food, we quickly consumed calories. In the end, the stomach does not have time to tell the brain that we have had enough. And we are still there.

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Why do people buy convenience foods?

The main reason is convenience. Often such foods do not need to cook. Save time. In our modern, hyperactive world where all somewhere in a hurry, it is easier on the go to eat a hamburger, Shawarma or the pie, than to go and cook at home yourself. Another reason is the taste. Manufacturers use various additives that increase our appetite. Another reason is the price. Often semi-finished products are cheaper than unprocessed foods.

Formula a healthy diet

Council here can be only one. Consume those foods that you like, but in a less processed form. For example, instead of Apple juice it is better to eat apples. Instead grinded into dust muesli, use whole grains. Instead of bacon eat meat cooked by yourself, and so on.

The most harmful products

At the end of the article would like to give a few facts about what foods to cut us life:

  • Every day you drink soda? This way you reduce your life of 4.5 years;
  • Fast food, margarine, spreads, cakes, biscuits and other foods having high content of TRANS fats bring you to stroke and type 2 diabetes;
  • Like a drink of alcohol once a week? Minus six months of life. Two servings a week? Two years of life. Three or more — you’ll live 5 years less;
  • The likelihood of early death from the effects of heart disease from the beloved sausages, frankfurters, ham and bacon increased by 72%, from cancer by 11%. These products are recognized by physicians carcinogens;
  • Artificial sweeteners can contribute to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. These sores shorten the life;
  • Pickles. They have a lot of salt. A lot of salt — the higher the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and stomach cancer.

Eat right.

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