Processed foods are convenient and fast but they’re not so great for your health. Processed foods are typically higher in trans fats, which can have a negative effect on cholesterol levels and heart health. They also typically contain excessive amounts of salt and are stripped of valuable vitamins and minerals. Also, processed foods high in trans fats have a longer shelf life than other foods and can remain on a grocery store shelf for a much longer period of time.
Luckily, there are plenty of fresh and healthy breakfast items that are just as convenient as processed toaster pastries or microwavable egg sandwiches. Shopping on the outskirts of the grocery store, focusing on the produce, meat, and dairy departments, is one sure way to avoid processed foods. Stocking up on healthy cooking oils, nuts, beans, and fiber-rich breads and cereals can also ensure that you start each morning off right.