For those of you that visited us for Food Fest 2012 yesterday (Wed. Mar. 28), you may have guessed how old our fast food display of a burger and fries is. That meal was purchased on July 11, 2011, making it 261 days old on Mar. 28!!! Surprisingly, both the burger and fries looked nearly the same as the day they were purchased! Does this alarm anyone?
With such a high amount of the typical American diet coming from processed foods, there has been a growing concern about what all that processed food means for our health. You might be wondering what constitutes processed food? Here are some facts:
French fries: Potatoes, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (trans fat), natural flavor (beef, wheat and dairy sources), dextrose (added for texture), sodium pyrophosphate (preserves color), and salt. The "fries" are then cooked in partially hydrogenated oils and citric acid (another preservative).
Now do you wonder why the French fries you saw in the display hadn't gone moldy or really changed in appearance after 261 days?!
Here's a tip. Choose fresh, unprocessed foods more often since these are loaded with health enhancing ingredients, like vitamins and minerals, phytocehmicals, fiber and complex carbohydrates. Choose foods like fresh or frozen produce (without added sugar or salt), raw nuts and beans, unprocessed meats and seafood, and unprocessed whole grains (like rolled oats and brown rice).