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How Bad Are Ultra-Processed Foods?

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How Bad Are Ultra-Processed Foods?

In industrialized nations, ultra-processed foods (UPFs) tend to make up ~61-84% of our caloric intake [1, 2].

UPF consumption is related to an increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, metabolic syndrome, and even death [3-7].*

The consumption of UPFs also likely leads to an unknown increase in calories and weight gain and moving to a diet of primarily whole foods likely leads to subconsciously eating hundreds, maybe even thousands of calories less...and perhaps independent weight loss [8].

OK…but, what are Ultra-Processed Foods?

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