By: Mission Healthy Living
June 25, 2019
We’ve seen earlier this year how risky poor diets are to our health. Here’s what some recent studies suggest about processed foods.
The first study, published in Cell Metabolism, focuses on ultra-processed foods (see list below), and whether or not people on an ultra-processed food diet will take in more calories—and thus gain more weight—compared to people eating unprocessed foods.
Not only did subjects on an ultra-processed diet eat more, they consumed 500 extra calories! The added calories led to increased body fat and around one pound of added weight—in just over two weeks. (Imagine the potential harm ultra-processed diets can have on people for years.) On top of that, subjects on the non-processed-food diet lost body fat and about one pound.
These findings led the study to conclude that “Limiting consumption of ultra-processed foods may be an effective strategy for obesity prevention and treatment.”
Another study published by JNCI Cancer Spectrum, had a more serious conclusion. It estimated that more than 80,000 new cancer cases in 2015 were associated with poor diets.
These are just more reasons to adapt a diet that limits processed foods, including:
- Granola bars
- Flavored nuts
- Microwave popcorn
- Dried fruit
- Fruit snacks
- Instant ramen
- Frozen dinners
If you need a good resource for healthy eating, Nutrition.gov is an ideal place to start. There’s also a great Healthline article about alternatives to popular processed foods.