A New Understanding of Processed Food

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Research is finally providing reasons for why ultra-processed foods harm people’s health.

Ultra-processed food — which contains preservatives, emulsifiers, colorings, and other added ingredients — make up more than half of all calories consumed in the United States, according to a 2016 study. That’s a problem, say medical experts, since a large body of research links processed food to unwanted weight gain and poorer health. For example, a study in the journal Circulation found a 42% higher risk of heart disease among people who ate processed meats, and another study found a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with a significant increase of greater than 10% in risks of breast cancer and cancer overall. Research published earlier this year in JAMA Internal Medicine found that higher consumption of ultra-processed food was linked to “a higher risk of early death from all causes, especially cancers and cardiovascular disease.”

(A) new study has been able to show processed foods cause poor health. Research published May 16th in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that when people eat highly processed food like sugary cereals for breakfast or fast-food quesadillas for lunch, they consume more calories throughout the rest of the day, and gain more unintentional weight compared to people who breakfast on fruits, nuts, and other minimally processed food. The new research involved 20 people, all who were considered healthy. And while that’s a very small number of study subjects, these people were admitted into a research clinic for a month, so their diet and other variables could be strictly controlled, yielding results not found in observational studies about diet. Here’s how it worked: One group of randomly assigned people were given a healthy diet, such as a parfait made with plain Greek yogurt, strawberries, bananas, walnuts, salt and olive oil, with apple slices and fresh-squeezed lemons. The other group ate things like Honey Nut Cheerios, whole milk with added fiber (to help make up for its absence otherwise), a packaged blueberry muffin, and margarine. The diets were set up to provide equal amounts of sugars, fat, carbohydrates, protein, and sodium. During each phase, the men and women were offered three daily meals and were instructed to consume as much or as little as desired. After two weeks, the groups switched.

While on the processed diet, people consumed an average of 508 more calories per day, added more body fat, and gained two pounds, on average. While on the healthier diet, people lost body fat and dropped an average of two pounds.

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