List of Processed Foods

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This is a list of processed foods by type (not by brand). It is not a complete list. Many new food products are marketed every year.



You can evaluate how processed a food is by reading the label's ingredients list to see the names, number, and type of ingredients. A large number of ingredients, with names that you don't recognize, indicates a highly processed food.

More generally, virtually every food that has a label is processed. Virtually every food that comes in a box, bag, jar, or can is processed.

For more information see the pages on processed food and whole foods.


List of processed foods

Baked goods and grains

White rice
Cornmeal
Polenta
Flour
White flour
Bread
Rolls
Buns
Muffins
Bagels
Bread sticks
Pizza crust
Pita bread
Tortillas
Croutons
Flat bread
Crackers
Macaroni
Pasta
Couscous
Orzo
Cake
Cake mixes
Pie
Pie crust mixes
Cookies
Cookie dough

Salt and leavens

Salt
Baking powder
Baking soda

Processed vegetables

Canned fruit
Frozen fruit
Fruit sauces
Jellies
Jams
Pie fillings
Fruit juice

Processed vegetables

Canned vegetables
Frozen vegetables
French fries
Ketchup
Mustard

Convenience foods

Pizza
Precooked foods
Frozen dinners
Breakfast cereal
Granola
Energy bars

Processed meat

Canned meat
Cured meat
Ham
Lunch meat
Sausage
Bacon
Gelatins
Fresh meat with additives

Processed dairy foods

Cheese
Cheese food
Milk other than raw (homogenized, pasteurized, skim, low-fat, etc.)
Yogurt

Processed fats and oils

Refined oils
Cooking spray
Margarine
Salad dressing
BBQ sauce
Mayonnaise
Peanut butter

Drinks

Soft drinks
Fruit drinks
Instant breakfast drinks

Confections

White sugar
Brown sugar
Corn syrup
Rice syrup
Honey (unless raw)
Syrups
Candies
Soft candies
Pudding
Dessert mixes
Ice cream
Frozen desserts
Whipped cream
Chocolate
Marshmallows
Shredded coconut
Sugar substitutes 




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Eating Clean For Dummies


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The Omnivore's Dilemma


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Fast Food Nation


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Appetite For Profit


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Related Pages

Healthy Eating Guidelines - Simple rules for improving your diet

Processed Food - What is it?

Whole Foods - The opposite of processed

Breaking Sugar Addiction - Ideas for getting off of sugar


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