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Processed vs. Non-Processed Food: Which Should You Choose for a Healthier Life?

Healthy foods and bad foods separate by measuring tape on table

Many people go to the store and think they're buying healthier food because of how certain foods are marketed. They see foods that say low fat, low carb, low sugar, etc., and think that the food must be healthy, right? Well, actually, this isn't necessarily true.

Because of the tricky way that food is marketed, it can be hard to figure out what's actually good for you to eat, what's suitable for your goals, and what's good for your body overall versus what's terrible and marketed to make you think that it's good.

In this blog, we'll discuss processed vs. non-processed foods and what to look for at the grocery store if you want the healthiest option.

How to pick healthier food options

Woman browsing vegetables at store

So, if you want to figure out the best thing to get at the store, here's a simple trick––if the food you're finding comes in a wrapper or a box, it's probably not the most optimal choice. The best foods in any grocery store are going to be the ones that are in the outer perimeter of the store. That means if you walk into a store, avoid the aisles. Look to the outer perimeter of the store where the freshest ingredients are like fresh meat, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, etc., and shop there instead because this is where you're going to find most of the foods that are unaltered, unprocessed, and contain only a few ingredients. 

That means you should avoid the non-perishable, processed, boxed, or wrapped foods that can sit on your shelf for months as much as possible. Those foods will hold you back from your goal, no matter what it is, and keep you from being the healthiest version of yourself.

Healthy foods and unhealthy food separated by measuring tape on table

Overall, sticking to whole foods will be the key to achieving your goals and will help you live your happiest and healthiest life. However, despite this simple trick, sometimes it can still be hard to find foods that are the cleanest and the most optimal for your diet. And that's where a good coach and a nutrition plan comes in.

Try out our FREE 7-day trial and see how having a good nutrition plan custom-fit to you can elevate your results and help you reach your goals in the quickest way possible. And, of course, teach you how to spot healthy food and processed food more easily so you can live your healthiest life possible.

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