Processed vs Unprocessed

Just because it sounds unprocessed according to the conventional definition, doesn’t mean your body reacts to it as if it were.  

Case in point is dried fruit.   Just imagine, how likely is it for you to eat 5 plums in one sitting, but 5 prunes?  Easy!  Congratulations you just downed the sugar in 5 prunes when the natural form would have prevented you from it.   

A little honey is fine, but it is still a concentrated form of sugar. Processed from many flowers by the bee.    Fruit juice is processed even if you make it at home.  Why?  You removed all the fiber.

Conventional store bought meat and chicken?  Processed!   It’s been fed food that it was never intended to eat and turned into something different on the micro and macro nutrient level.  It just looks unprocessed, it’s not.

Farmed fish?  Same thing, processed or I should I say (altered).   Now, unfortunately, we have to be concerned with environmental alterations also.  Some wild fish potentially could have more toxins than farmed fish.   Solution, only eat the low mercury fish,(SMASH : salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring) farmed fish, no more than once per month or eat none.   Same goes with the conventional store bought meat, no more than once a month.    Most people eat way too much animal protein to begin with.   General guidelines on that in another post.

And what about the rest of the pillars : Environment, Mental State, and Movement / Mechanics?  We can discuss those another time but the analogy of processed vs unprocessed works there also.

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Jonathan Carp, MD

Dermatologist, health food entrepreneur, beach addict, and health teacher.