Is it a processed food?

Recently I was reading a food related article and the woman being interview was asked what kind of food she eats. She said that she's vegetarian. She also avoids foods that are processed. Later she mentions that she loves to bake and uses Earth Balance "butter".

So that got me thinking about food substitutes. Is the faux version of something considered a processed food? Vegan butter definitely seems more processed than cow's milk butter, but it's not nearly as processed as a Snackwells cookie or Nutrasweet. How much processing makes something "processed"?


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