Healthy Alternatives To Your Favorites Junk Foods
It was reported in 2015 that Americans are now eating many more “healthy foods” than 20 years ago. That is something to be happy about. There are similar trends reported in some other modern westernized nations like the UK and Canada. We have come to realize that the all the indulgences we have been giving ourselves come mealtime are lined to the dramatic rise in chronic health problems like cancer and diabetes, heart disease and obesity, which have accompanied modern food manufacturing processes.
The fact remains, however, that processed food is much more readily available than healthier alternatives. Coupled with massive media campaigns that profess unhealthy food as good for us as, well as the addictively delicious chemicals and additives that are placed in highly processed food, it makes it very difficult to choose the right thing to eat, when the wrong thing is so appealing.
In some cases, it is not a lack of desire to eat healthily that leads to bad food choices. Sometimes you simply become overwhelmed by the prevalence and power of junk food. You try to eat smart, but social and marketing influences make it easy to give into addictions created by unhealthy chemicals and additives placed in the junk food and fast food you eat... placed there intentionally to create an unhealthy addiction.
You want to eat healthy. You know what healthy foods are. Unfortunately, years of turning to less than healthy food has tricked your mind and taste buds into believing you simply must eat this highly processed food, which you know is causing you health problems. There is a simple alternative. Slowly begin to make healthy swaps. Don't try to change everything you eat overnight. Pick one or two junk food items you currently eat, and swap them out for healthy, nutritious replacements.
The following list covers 7 of the more popular food items appropriately referred to as "junk food". The word junk is used to describe them, since they have little or no nutritional value, and deliver so many toxins, poisons, and harmful additives and chemicals. Even small changes, replacing a few of the following unhealthy foods at a time with healthier choices, can lead to noticeable benefits.