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Processed food: health risks and dangers

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

You, probably, once in while find yourself thinking why not buy that frozen pizza at the supermarket close home instead of cooking some healthier option. Well, we definitely do, especially, when a hangover cure is needed, and this seems like the best choice for not overwhelming yourself in the kitchen. It might be okay from time to time but surely not on a regular basis.

In this post, The Jar Healthy Vending team would like to explain to you the risks and dangers of processed food and how to select the right ones.

The Jar Healthy Vending Machines in London, UK

Processed food is any food that has been modified from its original form. On a daily basis, it usually means everything that has been cooked, canned, frozen, or baked in order to be preserved. Of course, we are not trying to say that all you bake or prepare is bad for your health. However, there are some points you should look at when buying processed food to make sure it is not going to harm you:

  • Added sugars. Added sugar is used in sweets or low-fat products to make the food more flavorsome and let it stay for a little longer for the convenience. Just keep in mind that the daily norm of added sugar is about 30g per day which would make just about 7 teaspoons. Don't forget that the high consumption of sugar is the cause of tooth decay and diabetes.

  • Sodium. Changing from sweet to savory salt is another commonly used ingredient to preserve food and extend its shelf life. Always check the labels for sodium and make sure it does not go over recommended per day limit of 6g. Extra slat raises your blood pressure which can affect the risk of getting a heart disease.

  • Other additives. There are some other additives to watch out for that also influence sodium and sugars levels in the food. Be careful if you find maltose, trans fats, dextrose, and hydrogenated oil in the product as those once can more than double your daily recommended intake of sodium and sugar.

The Jar team carefully selects healthy products including snacks and drinks for our vending machines to make sure our vending solution drives value for your body. Our product range goes from diary free to sugar-free options to make sure you are able to cut on your added sugar and sodium consumption. This is our recommendation for a mix of healthy snacks alternatives: Emily's Veg Crisps, Native Popped Lotus Seeds, and PRESS Cocao and Matcha Snack.

Choosing this trio at one of our vending machines you can be certain that your daily intake of salt and sugar will stay within the safe zone.

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