CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Real Food v Processed Food…


Welcome to Friday Food Reviews where I will be covering a different food or product each week and looking at… what are they?  where do they grow, what can we substitute them for in a recipe, are they safe to eat, how to store them, how to use them, cook them, anything connected to that food. or product..all the why’s and the wherefores…it will, of course, be mainly my own opinion or a known fact…good or bad…there may even be a tried and tested recipe…or three…

This week it’s…Real Food v Processed Food…

Sometimes however hard we try to “select” healthy options there is so much hidden sugar that many times we far exceed the recommended guide for sugar per day in one meal…

Adults should have no more than 30g of free sugars a day, (roughly equivalent to 7 sugar cubes). Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24g of free sugars a day (6 sugar cubes)…now for the scary part 1 teaspoon sugar = 1 sugar cube = 1 sugar packet.


Whole Oats nothing added …only what we add…

Whole Oats contain several vital nutrients plus insoluble and insoluble fibre that slows down our body’s absorbance and keeps us fuller for longer. If we add a handful of berries like blueberries they deliver antioxidants that help fight toxins in our bodies.

Instant Oats…

Contain on average 11gm of sugar per serving 2.75 tsp plus the glass of processed OJ contains 21 gms of sugar(5.25 tsp) and 0 gm of fibre.

That means the Instant Oat breakfast has exceeded the daily recommended guidelines in one meal and doesn’t include any fibre.

Mid Morning Snack:

Time for a snack!

Plain Natural Yoghurts are full of probiotics that can help maintain a healthy digestive system and provide a boost for the immune system…if you like you can add a few healthy berries or a banana I often do that…

Fruit flavoured Yoghurts…are full of sweet nothing! The chillers in stores are full of them…pretty enticing packaging for both adults and children alike…many brands pack the equivalent of 5 tsp of sugar in that little carton and no health benefits insight…


Most people love a cheese sandwich it’s quick and easy to make at home plus real cheese has calcium, and protein that helps your muscles, bones and nerve function add wholegrain bread and you have a tasty healthy sandwich to which you can add watercress, onion, tomatoes all healthy additions.

Picking up a processed cheese sandwich while you are getting your gas and the picture changes…for one your digestion system only digests that sandwich at about 50% less energy for the afternoon than that same sandwich made with “real cheese” and wholemeal bread…

Some processed cheese only contained 50% real cheese and often less it makes this up with Water, Salt, Artificial Coloring, Flavorings, Lecithin, Enzyme Modified Cheese, Dehydrated Cream, Anhydrous Milk-fat, Phosphoric Acid, Albumin from cheese whey, Acetic Acid, Monosodium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Tartrate, Potassium Sorbate…Just saying…

Time for a drink:

There are so many known benefits for drinking “Green Tea”…brewed properly it tastes wonderful and you don’t get that bitter taste which is often associated with green tea…treat yourself to some loose leafed green tea a pretty pot or diffuser and you will never drink anything else…How to brew the perfect cup of green tea.

I know it is quick and easy to pick up a can or bottle of soda however how long does it really take for the kettle to boil? That 12 oz can of Coca Cola contains 9.75 teaspoons of sugar and even if your weight is normal it can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 29% and lets be frank here Type 2 diabetes can be avoided by being aware of your diet.

Snack time.

Snacking on a handful of nuts, think walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, and cashews all full of healthy fats add a few raisins and you have a snack that provides protein, nutrients and healthy fats…there have been numerous studies that confirm a nut-filled diet has a positive impact on our cholesterol and blood pressure levels they also can lower the risk of heart disease…

A 2 pack of oatmeal and raisin cookies does not mean healthy… you may think it helps you with portion control..think cookie jar and having oatmeal proudly adorning the pack again with the amount of sugar processed cookies have (6 tsp) and at 150 calories per cookie that’s 300 calories that ain’t healthy…if you really want a cookie make your own where you can control the sugar…


Wild-caught salmon:

Omega 3 fats are what our bodies need and 4 ounces of baked or steamed salmon contains at least 2 gms of Omega 3 fats eating fish rich in omega 3 fats like (mackerel, salmon, herring or sardines) are all associated with a decreased risk of numerous cardiovascular problems.

Picking up that breaded fish portion is vastly different it has been deep-fried and then frozen plus it is loaded with sodium, fat and calories…the fish used is also generally cheaper white fish which is not so high in omega 3 fats…

I have just given you a few examples of the differences between real food and processed foods just taken over this one day it shows how the recommended guidelines of sugar alone have been vastly exceeded…I think that is quite scary as I know many people drink more than 1 soda a day and that’s just the soda what else are they consuming no wonder Type 2 diabetes and obesity are on the increase and children’s teeth are suffering…

Thank you for joining me today I look forward as always to your comments xx

23 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Real Food v Processed Food…

  1. Pingback: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 15th -21st May 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Surprise” is my one word prompt. | Retired? No one told me!

  2. Darlene

    I love green tea and have started drinking iced green tea when it gets hot, like now. It is so refreshing. Brew it ahead and put it in the fridge, then add ice and maybe a slice of fruit and voila a sugar-free refreshing drink in the hot afternoon. Almonds are grown here so I often snack on a few of them along with my iced green tea. I have actually got one coffee shop to add iced green tea to their drinks menu!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Becky Ross Michael

    Good reminders of what to look for, Carol. I do learn towards instant oatmeal because I’m more apt to make that:) Mine has less sugar than your example and does have some fiber, so I guess it just depends on the brand. Definitely do NOT eat cheese sandwiches from gas stations (or anything else, for that matter:)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Becky.. It certainly does depend on the brand as you say plus we have choices to make depending on our own lifestyle and circumstances.. I buy some processed food sometimes just not all the time its a balancing act..

      Liked by 1 person

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know its shocking when you really look, Jacquie.. even more shocking is the fact those who can allow some of these ingredients to continue to be used in food products…

      Liked by 1 person

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I breast fed all of mine and when I saw the ingredients on infant formula on another blog I was horrified…no wonder there are so many illnesses and diseases when kids are fed all of that from the get go and thats without starting on whats in all the baby bathing stuff…its a wonder the poor kids survive …

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

        I agree! I can’t believe how successful the infant formula companies have been in convincing new mothers that their box of chemicals is both better for the baby and easier. Neither is correct, and yet the majority of women seem to choose the formula. When you read the list of ingredients and look them up, it is pretty appalling.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. beetleypete

    I do most of the ‘good stuff’ you mention, but I am now finding fresh salmon to be poor value. The portion sizes in packs have decreased, and the price has risen by almost 50% in two years. I don’t buy the fried fish portions, but do use cheaper fresh fish like coley instead.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Wow thats a big increase.. I’m sure I will notice the prices when I come back.. are herrings and sardines the same? Coley is a good sustainable fish when compared to Cod.. 😀 x

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Pingback: CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Real Food v Processed Food… – MobsterTiger

  6. petespringerauthor

    Sadly, I never used to pay that much attention to what food I put in my body until the last few years, Carol. I always feel better eating real foods over processed foods.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think to a certain extent we have all been guilty of that Pete it has been a gradual thing with me over the years and I agree real food tastes far better 🙂 x


Comments are closed.