Processed vs. unprocessed foods

We’re going to switch gears a little today, but still keep with SIMPLE. 

Of course, we all know that crushing Lay’s potato chips with a side of Dorito’s isn’t as healthy as a baked potato with corn. 


But, what are the real world, day-to-day differences that affect us over the long-term? 

In this article, there’s a dumbed-down (that’s how I like it:) breakdown of the affects of the following on a processed and unprocessed diet: 

  1. Appetite control 
  2. Daily calories 
  3. Daily carb intake 
  4. Daily protein intake 
  5. Breakfast calories 
  6. Lunch calories 
  7. Dinner calories 
  8. Snack calories 
  9. Body weight 
  10. Fat mass 

To be fair, I assumed the unprocessed diet would win every category, but I was wrong. 

To be even fairer, it’s easy to tell a person to stop eating all processed foods, but that’s not usually realistic. 

To be the fairest, we’re all a little different, so sticking to the 80-20 Rule is the best advice I can give. 

It’s a quick read that’ll give you some good talking points at your next party. 



PS – I forget where I first heard this, but I’ve always loved it: 

“Knowledge is NOT power. Knowledge put into action is power.” 

So, I highly encourage you to check out this article: Does Eating Highly Processed Foods Set You Up To Gain Weight?