Choosing Healthy Foods and Beverages

Processed Foods

Processed foods are a central part of today’s diet in Québec. Most foods are processed before being put on the market or consumed.

Certain food-processing methods are essential to the preservation of products and may even have a positive and beneficial impact on the nutritional quality of food. The addition of vitamin D to milk is one example.

However, other food-processing methods can have a negative impact on health. Indeed, they increase the amount of fat, sugar and salt in food and lower the nutritional value. As such, some processed foods are less beneficial to health, meaning:

  • They are rich in energy, or calories.
  • They are rich in added sugars, sodium and trans fats.
  • They have lower nutritional value.

The amount of processed foods consumed by Canadians has greatly increased over the past few years. The fast pace of life has resulted in people having less time to cook at home.

Frequent consumption of these products can contribute to a less-balanced diet and increase the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, some forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Lowering your consumption of salt, sugar and fat can reduce the harmful effects of these foods on your body and prevent the onset of these diseases.

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Last update: November 29, 2016 1:08 PM


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