Homemade Food Vs. Processed Food
Do you know what’s in the food you eat? Unfortunately, you may be surprised! In my blog I am always looking for ways to help you live a more healthy, complete life, and one of those ways is by helping you eat fresh, homemade food, be it raw or cooked.
Sadly, with the amount of preservatives and other additives added to food these days, making your own food is even more important now, than ever before. Did you know that on average, Americans eat 6 to 9 lbs (2-4 kgs) of additives each year? So what are these additives, and what are some of the potential side effects?
Processed foods are filled with ‘natural flavours’, msg, high in processed sugar, high in saturated fats, high in sodium, high in animal products and a whole array of numbers that defy logic. These foods promote cancers, diabetes, hearth disease and most of our top killers.
“East or West, home is the best” is very true to the meaning. No matter in which part of this world you go, it is the home that gives ultimate pleasure. Similarly, when it is about your mind and body, none is better than making your own meals and taking proper care of your health and the health of your family. Today’s generation prefers partying out at night and having lunch or dinner in a restaurant. Even the office goers need to change their regular diet often because of their hectic schedule. Still nothing else can beat the importance of homemade food – the health and nutrition that you receive from home made food keeps you healthier, slimmer and safer.
Homemade food is often cooked with natural ingredients, unlike the processed dehydrated foods devoid of life. Obviously, the fast food has got its own taste, yet these tastes over stimulate your senses and are not healthy, sometimes it takes time to adjust to properly cooked natural foods, but it is worth the effort. In homemade foods, you can include healthy and natural ingredients by adding veggies, nuts, beans, legumes and fruits, leaving out all oils (that are 100% fat) and animal products, as these are not the health foods you are lead to believe. So, you have the control in your hands on the quantity of ingredients to be used in the food. However, in this instance I am not referring to home cooking of packaged or fast/microwave meals, be it so called healthy or not.
If you are a mother, you will desire to give your child all the best things in life. When you are so concerned about your child’s health then nurturing him/her with homemade food should be in your priority list. A research being made on kids revealed the importance of homemade food. As per the research – kids who eat homemade foods are lesser prone to gain weight. This is because the homemade food contains more amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits than trans-fat, lesser fried food and soda. So, kids no more eating in a restaurant! Taking your child out for a treat to those fast food joints, is not a treat – it is leading to a lifetime of poor health and misery.
Planning Homemade Food
Planning out your weekly menu wisely to save both your money and time, helps to create a balanced meal that should include the following.
• Plant Fat (10%) • Protein (10%) • Carbohydrates (80%) • Micronutrients, Minerals and • Vitamins
All the aforesaid things are equally important for children and adults. Eating regular balanced meals can satisfy your body, decrease cravings and avoid snacking during late nights.
Another importance of homemade food is it can help you to lead a healthy and better life specifically if you are on diet. You can restrict from eating more amounts of calories when dining at home. Otherwise it becomes hard often to control your calories, when dining in restaurants. Moreover they prepare the food in such a way that you can end up overeating. Preparing food at home can control your diet although it might not be so delicious like the fast food served in restaurant, until you once again become accustomed to real food.