There are substantial differences between the two. In order to analyse this, we need to consider the MAIN difference if we look at the words, “Real Natural” and also – “Packaged.”
Real Natural Foods – Untouched or modified, and straight off the vine or tree.
Packaged Foods – Processed and packaged, modified and “enhanced or tampered with.”
Now I know these two descriptions are the extreme, and you must realise that if it’s modified or processed, then it is (by definition) not natural – in its natural state.
Your body will consume anything you put in it, and deal with it as best as it can. This includes all the processed and modified foods. Some are not bad, and others, not good at all.
Now, the real health concerns over what foods to consume is not going to be a big debate today, except to say that everything that we put in our mouth will either do us good, or not good. As you could imagine then, you have to be careful about the processed foods we put into our bodies, and understand that everything has consequences. Whether it is in short term, long term or secondary effect, it will affect your body in some way.
Now let’s have a look at the packaged foods.
What do we do about research understanding things that are in foods? Do we read the packet to see what adverse elements are actually in them? Do you know how your body reacts to certain processed foods? More importantly – do you know what you are actually feeding your children?
We also have to understand that although packaged foods (processed foods) affects us all differently, there are some fundamental ways in which we will react, and it’s usually the degree of the reaction that varies among each of us.
Now this is what I want you to do. I want you to consider what is in your pantry and fridge. What is in your food cupboard? Now this is where we have to be honest with ourselves to get the most out of this information.
The reason this is important is because we can often “fool ourselves” into thinking that “it’s only a little bit,” or “it’s just a treat.” Here is the real question… Is it a treat? What constitutes the timing of treats? Well, a treat every night is not a treat. It’s really part of your staple diet. Are you consuming too much of the “nasties” that react adversely to your body?
Here is a typical list of what is found in most ‘western society pantries’ and fridges:
- Potato crisps (chips in a packet) / corn chips russian grocery store
- cookies (biscuits and crackers)
- rice crackers / rice and corn shapes
- cup cakes
- muslie bars / rice bars / nut bars
- confectionary – chocolate bars
- candy / lollies / sweets on sticks / wrapped sweets / toffee / chew bars
- mints / breath mints / candy suckers / lollie suckers / lozengers
- premade pasta meals, instant noodles
- soda drinks / soft drinks / soda pops / premix carbonated drinks
- juices / fruit drinks / pre-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices
- beers / wines
Now I ask the question – where is the real food in it? Where are the fruit and veggies? Is this your staple diet?
Watch how you or your kids react when they eat packaged foods, and watch how they act after they eat natural foods. There is a big difference. As a parent, I have seen this first hand. There is food related bad behaviour, as well as good behaviour.
I know what I prefer. What about you?
There is another element that affects how fast we digest our foods through our bodies, called Glycemic Index (GI for short). The higher the Glycemic index, the faster our body digests and processes food in our body. If you have heard the term “Low GI food,” it is food that is slowly processed and gives a slow release of energy. On the other hand, a “High GI food” gives you an almost instant pick up of energy, processes fast, and then you “fall flat” and you are out of energy. Even some natural foods have a high Glycemic index. BUT, the majority of packaged foods have high GI.