Could you live off a diet of white bread and canned soup forever? You're a fan of processed food then — i.e., food that's undergone a special treatment or procedure to change it.

When people are processed, the same rule applies: what goes in is different than what comes out. When the army processes you during recruitment, you enter a long-haired civilian and come out a shaven headed soldier. When the U.S. government processes your citizenship application, you start as an immigrant and come out a newly-minted citizen. Processed: the opposite of natural or original.

Definitions of processed
  1. adjective
    subjected to a special process or treatment
    processed cheeses are easy to spread”
    made ready or fit or suitable beforehand
  2. adjective
    prepared or converted from a natural state by subjecting to a special process
    processed ores”
    (of materials or goods) brought to the desired final state
    free of extraneous elements of any kind
    cured, vulcanised, vulcanized
    (used of rubber) treated by a chemical or physical process to improve its properties (hardness and strength and odor and elasticity)
    milled, polished
    (of grains especially rice) having the husk or outer layers removed
    having been subjected to partial processing
    subjected to a physical (or chemical) treatment or action or agent
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    not altered from an original or natural state
    not brought to the desired final state
    combined with extraneous elements
    natural, raw, rude
    (used especially of commodities) being unprocessed or manufactured using only simple or minimal processes
    (computer science) using or relating to a form of continuous tape transport; used mainly to provide backup storage of unedited data
    unvulcanised, unvulcanized
    (used of rubber) not subjected to the process of vulcanization
    not subjected to chemical or physical treatment
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  3. adjective
    freed from impurities by processing
    synonyms: refined
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    crude, unprocessed, unrefined
    not refined or processed
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