It has been proven: eating processed foods make you fat!
People eating ultra-processed foods eat more calories and gain more weight than when they eat a minimally processed diet. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the results of a small study of 20 adult volunteers in the first randomized controlled trial examining the effects of eating the same amount of calories in processed foods as in unprocessed foods.
Ultra-processed foods are defined by the NOVA classification system. This system considers foods “ultra-processed” if they have ingredients predominantly found in industrial food manufacturing, such as hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup, flavoring agents, and emulsifiers.
“Though we examined a small group, results from this tightly controlled experiment showed a clear and consistent difference between the two diets,” said Kevin D. Hall, Ph.D., an NIDDK senior investigator and the study’s lead author. “This is the first study to demonstrate causality — that ultra-processed foods cause people to eat too many calories and gain weight.”
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