How do you define processed foods?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

For me it means anything that isn’t considered in it’s RAW state… or has been artificially (not naturally) manipulated.  When cooking I try to choose the less processed.  Altho Mr TTR & I eat out quite a bit, and I know that is where I am getting the most processed items that I digest.

So to answer your Question…

Veggies from the Farmer’s Market = Not Processed
Veggies from the Grocery Store = Somewhat Processed

Meat from the Butcher Shop = Somewhat Processed
Meat from the Grocery Store = Even MORE Processed

Bread I make myself = Somewhat Processed (Flours)
Bread from the Grocery Store = VERY Processed

Water from the Tap = Somewhat Processed (Floridated)
Spring Water = Less Processed / Not Processed

French Fries I hand cut & make at home = Not Processed
French Fries from a Restaurant = HIGHLY Processed

etc

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

As you point out, “processing” is a super broad term. I guess my definition is pretty loose. I use it to mean food that is pretty different from the form it came from when we took it to be our food. Like a stalk of grocery store broccoli roughly grew that way, and milk came out of a cow, mostly as milk, so I don’t consider those as “processed” even though they are in actuality. 

Things with added ingredients, I consider processed. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @AB Bride:  I live in farm country.

Veggies & Meat… true it depends on WHERE you go as you say.  The Farmers’ Markets (or just Farmer Gates) that I use in my area I know I am buying from the Farmer directly… not so much in a Big City Farmers’ Market for sure.

Altho I have heard that Ontario is hoping to move towards legislation where foods at a Farmers’ Market will have to be labelled (or signed) as to WHERE they came from… WHO grew em etc.  The idea being it will stop that false passing stuff off as LOCAL and Farm Sourced when it isn’t

Much of the Produce in a Grocery Store has been treated.. like with wax or chemicals to make items shine / last longer on the shelf etc.

Legally in Ontario, there are all kinds of rules about buying other perishables from a Farmer be it Meat, Eggs, Milk… so your options are slim.

(Grew up with Relatives who farmed… when I was a kid, we got most of our RAW goods direct from the Farm.  I miss that option)

Private Butchers tend to manipulate their goods less than a Grocery Store does… I therefore prefer a Butcher.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@AB Bride:  removing… Great point! Yes, that’s definitely a consideration!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I consider “processed” to mean things I could not theoretically make at home. So if I buy something in a box or a can, I make sure all of the ingredients are things I could purchase myself. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think of most things from the inside of the grocery store aisles. Like fruit, meat, dairy etc is along the edges but everything in the aisles that usually lasts for a lot longer! 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with @Kwhoa for the most part. Even though I know they’re technically processed, I don’t consider raw foods like meat, vegetables, fruits, and basic grains (rice, lentils, etc.) to be processed. My own (inaccurate) definition of processed food is mostly pre-packaged, ready or almost ready-to-eat items, along with a few other things.

This is partly because, for me, the cost of buying truly unprocessed foods and the time needed to prepare them are prohibitive.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LadyBear:  Great way to describe it. That’s how my mind works too.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I consider processed foods to be anything that comes in a can or box with a lot of unhealthy preservatives.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AB Bride:  I know what you mean, it’s certainly something that means different things to everyone!

For me it’s food that in a form that’s close to natural.  I avoid processed foods but I dont’ go so far as to eat raw only.  So I buy fresh fruits and veggies, fresh or frozen meat and fish with nothing done to it (no breading or sauce or anytyhing), eggs, raw nuts, and…well not much else really.  The more processed foods I buy are a smaller part of my diet (if I’m being good!).  Some dried fruit, chocolate, coconut oil, a few basic condoments, nut butter, canned tomato sauce, etc.

The foods that I consider processed and generally avoid are things like: grains and bread products of all sorts, canned food, pretty much anything that comes in a box.  It goes without saying that things like cereal, crackers, cookies, microwave meals, pasta, candies, etc all fall into the processed category.

Obviously I make some exceptions, but this is how I generally strive to do things.  (::ahem:: chocolate covered jube jubes at lunch today ::ahem::)

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

AB Bride

i consider anything i didnt make at home processed. such as micowavable stuff, canned stuff (not homemade), anything in a bag like chips, to me bottle water (its crap), anything you order out will be, that sort of thing. i think meat and veggies are in a different category. such as weather fish is farmed or not. anything farmed is considered processed and not good for you at all. got to watch your fish. they are really trying to mess with that.

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