MASS/COMMERCIALLY PROCESSED FOODS ~ What are they? Tips to identify!!

Updated: Jul 26




  • Think about the foods you eat on a regular basis. How fresh are they? Are they preserved? Did they come from a box? A bag? Do you know whether it has been prepared by a person versus a machine?- and does that matter?


How to identify commercially processed foods:


Mass / commercially processed foods will use the most economical ingredients, and most often these will be less nutritious, result in the need to use flavouring, and preservatives.


Ingredients we can watch out for on labels:

  • Mono & diglycerides - an isolated fat

  • Mono and disaccharides - an isolated carbohydrate

  • Dextrose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, glucose, words with glucose are processed sugars

  • Processed sodiums: monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium nitrate / nitrite, sodium citrate, sodium chloride, sodium guanylate, sodium inosinate, sodium diacetate, sodium glutamate, sodium phosphate

  • Preservatives: BHA, BHT, propyl gallate, sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, potassium bromate, sulfur dioxide

  • Partially hydrogenated oils, margarine, shortenings

  • Caramel colouring - this is usually used to make something look more healthy when the ingredients have been bleached, ingredients like "yellow #5" (tartrazine), aspartame

I always think: read the ingredient label and not just the pretty logo / pictures..

Watch for those trendy health words that are just there to lure you in!


When reading an ingredient label look for simple ingredients.


Look for words you can recognize and pronounce -we shouldn't feel like we are in science class ..


Sam