Processed food is any pre-packaged food that comes in a bag, can, or box. The idea of processed food evolved between the 1910s and 1950s, when companies began to find out about preservatives and used them to make their products be more long lasting, cheaper, and more convenient to their consumers. But in order to increase the shelf life to last several years, these companies have to fill their food with preservatives and other chemicals that can be harmful to our bodies.
The Cleaner Eater is a quarterly publication about healthy food, with a focus on ingredients. Each issue looks at five processed food products which are marketed as “healthy” and suggests recipes to recreate them in a truly healthier way. Readers will learn how easy it is to have a clean, simple diet, and that it is not as expensive, time-consuming, or as difficult as they may think. Also, it points out that even if something is marketed as healthy, it may still contain preservatives and chemicals which can harm our bodies. Along with the recipes, the book provides background information on preservatives, chemicals and related long-term health issues.