I recommend this Vox explainer on the scientific evidence behind the how and why processed foods aren’t great for us.
Having grown up eating a lot of boxed, frozen fried chicken, this is a conclusion I’ve resisted.
But the evidence is mounting that preservatives, sugar, and emulsifiers are truly bad for our bodies and brains.
I wonder how much politics influenced my resistance to the anti-processing idea. I looked into it, and there is some evidence that party affiliation influences food choices. You can even take a quiz to see whether you eat more like a Republican or a Democrat. I wonder how much of my processed-food apologia was driven by the fact that I associated the criticism with other things I disliked, like anti-capitalism, the precautionary principle, and the naturalistic fallacy.
I’m not sure, and I’m not sure how widespread this is. But I do think processed food isn’t great for us, but is very great for our food corporations. And this is a problem that people who care about wellness and who believe in the efficiency and morality of free enterprise should grapple with. How do we make whole foods as profitable as processed foods? How do we make even telling the truth about processed foods profitable?