Is Natural Food synonymous to Healthy Foods?

@incus99 (1086)
Philippines
August 20, 2010 6:38am CST
We always see the cliche.. "When its natural, its healthy.".. is it always the case? Natural foods are those with no preservatives with no added chemicals. Are natural foods always healthier than those which are processed...
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@damned_dle (3944)
• Philippines
20 Aug 10
I think it is always better than processed. But not all natural foods are healthy. Like animal fats, they are natural but unhealthy!
@cjsalas (109)
• Philippines
20 Aug 10
Hmmm... How do we distinguish a natural food? Are these cooked or uncooked? If we say natural, I think it's fresh. Or perhaps, I'm wrong. Hmmmm... At least we'll take care of our selves and eat a balanced meal, we will remain healthy.
@marguicha (100061)
• Chile
20 Aug 10
The answer to that is complex. Healthy food means a well balanced diet so we eat waht we need, no more, no less.If you overeat (or starve), no matter how natural your food it will not be healthy. Some food needs to be processed in some ways in order to be healthy. That has been knows since ancient times when people salted of smoked food to keep it from spoiling. Nothing happens to corn or a lot other foods when you freeze them if you do it well. Even jams don´t need chemicals added if well cooked. So, as you see, "natural" is not always a synonym of "healthy" . Pork has to be processed (cooked, smoked, and so on) for it to be safe. That´s just one example in a thousand. Happy posting!
• India
20 Aug 10
YA its true natural thing is always good and more suited to our body like instead of having protein tablets one should eat fruits instead..
@srganesh (6349)
• India
20 Aug 10
Sure! Why should you have a doubt on natural foods? They are really healthy and nourishing our body. They won't harm the digestive system or create any serious problems. Just some people may be allergic to some natural foods but that is their own problem.
• India
20 Aug 10
I’m really not so sure. One thing is certain that natural food, grown without pesticides is definitely better than processed food. Also, I feel that any food cooked at home from natural ingredients always tastes better than the packaged food…no matter how big the brand is, packaged food is sure to lose some of its nutrient values once its processed for packaging. But we also have precooked preparations which just need to be added to maybe warm water … such precooked preparations are the source of sustenance for many people who trek, or soldiers or babies even…so these have to be healthy.
@cjsalas (109)
• Philippines
20 Aug 10
Both are food. The difference is the nature. Both are healthy. But we look for what is healthier. I personally would say, natural foods are healthier because of less synthetic chemical exposure than those being processed.