47% Processed food! The daily use of processed food and the health effects

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Processed foods are now an integral part of our everyday lives and can have both advantages and disadvantages for our health. Let's take a look at the facts together and consult reputable sources.

What are processed foods?
Processed foods are products that have been industrially modified in some way to improve their shelf life, enhance their taste or reduce preparation time. They range from ready meals and frozen products to packaged snacks and sweets. Some bread and dairy products can also be considered processed.

Consumption of processed foods in Switzerland:
According to a study conducted by the University of Zurich in 2020, the Swiss consume an average of around 47% of their energy intake in the form of processed foods. This high proportion is due to convenience, taste and often low prices.

Health effects:
However, excessive consumption of processed foods can have negative effects on health. A study by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health shows that a high consumption of processed foods can be associated with an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.

Reasons for the negative effects:
The reasons for these health effects lie in the composition of processed foods. They often contain high amounts of saturated fat, salt and added sugar, while important nutrients such as fiber, vitamins and minerals are reduced. Eating these products can lead to an imbalance in the diet and put long-term strain on the body.

Recommendations for a balanced diet:
A balanced diet is crucial for our health and should consist mainly of fresh, unprocessed foods. Fruit and vegetables, wholegrain products, lean meat, fish and pulses are good options for providing our bodies with important nutrients. If the consumption of processed foods cannot be completely avoided, we should read the labels carefully and look for products that contain less saturated fat, salt and sugar.

The daily consumption of processed foods is widespread in Switzerland, but can also pose health risks. A conscious diet based on fresh and unprocessed foods is key to promoting our health and reducing the risk of diet-related diseases.
Remember that you can have a positive impact on your health by making conscious choices about your diet.

University of Zurich: "Ernährungssituation in der Schweiz", 2020.
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health: "Ernährung in der Schweiz", 2019.
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