Why processed foods are less nutritious

Cara Natterson, MD Pediatrician & Author, explains for parents why processed foods are less healthy for their kids to eat in comparison to natural or whole foods
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Why processed foods are less nutritious

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When we talk about processed foods, what we mean is that you take a food that grows in nature, a fruit, a vegetable, or a grain, and we change it dramatically, often with machinery, to make it something else. So you take a nice piece of fruit, you put it through a machine, and it turns into a fruit rollup on a piece of paper. That is a processed food. Our body does not digest processed food nearly as well as a whole food, that original food, and we can't take the nutritional resources out of that processed food like we can out of a whole food. When we talk about processed foods versus natural or whole foods, just think about how your body is handling what you are putting into it. You do better with a whole wheat piece of bread than you do with a cracker that's completely white and stamped by a machine. You do better with a fresh vegetable than you do with a juice that is made with vegetable-like ingredients. Just use your common sense and your body will thank you for it.

Cara Natterson, MD Pediatrician & Author, explains for parents why processed foods are less healthy for their kids to eat in comparison to natural or whole foods

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Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Cara Natterson, MD has treated thousands of children and guided their parents as well. She was a partner at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, a large group practice serving infants, children and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind pediatric practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara is also the author of several books on parenting and child health. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for parents and their kids. More recently, Cara’s consulting has extended beyond individual families to include fortune 500 companies seeking expert advice on safety issues, child health, and crisis management.

Cara has appeared on television, in print, and on the web. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Cara is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And anyone who knows her knows that Cara is, by nature, one of the most risk-averse people on earth. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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