More than half of women with PCOS are diagnosed with diabetes by the age of 40. Additionally, women with PCOS are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, cancer and stroke. All of which are direct causes of diet & lifestyle, rather than genetic makeup alone. Therefore, it’s extremely important to take a close look at what we put in our shopping basket.
SO, what are processed foods anyway?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a processed food as one that has undergone any changes to its natural state—that is, any raw agricultural commodity subjected to washing, cleaning, milling, cutting, chopping, heating, pasteurizing, blanching, cooking, canning, freezing, drying, dehydrating, mixing, packaging, or other procedures that alter the food from its natural state. The food may include the addition of other ingredients such as preservatives, flavors, nutrients and other food additives or substances approved for use in food products, such as salt, sugars, and fats.
DID YOU KNOW…?
The food industry allows more than 3,000 food additives to be used in the processing of our food. These additives are used to help improve the taste, texture, consistency and visual appeal of food as well as extend the shelf life.