"Literally hundreds of studies link ultra-processed foods to obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and overall mortality"

Kaido

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Dang, I love that stuff tho!


A few quotes:

"These two studies continue the consistency: Ultraprocessed foods are unambiguously associated with an increased risk for chronic disease"

"Americans consume a large percentage of their daily calories from ultraprocessed foods -- 58% in adults and 67% in children,"

""This suggests that the increased risk of mortality is not due directly (or exclusively) to the poor nutritional quality of some products, but rather to the fact that these foods are mostly ultraprocessed"

On ultra-processing:

"Why are ultraprocessed foods so bad for us? For one, they are "ready-to-eat-or-heat industrial formulations that are made with ingredients extracted from foods or synthesized in laboratories, with little or no whole foods," Zhang told CNN.

These overly processed foods are often high in added sugars and salt, low in dietary fiber, and full of chemical additives, such as artificial colors, flavors or stabilizers.

"While some ultraprocessed foods may be considered healthier than others, in general, we would recommend staying away from ultra-processed foods completely and focus on healthy unprocessed foods -- fruits, vegetables, legumes," Mendelsohn said. In 2019, the National Institute of Health (NIH) published the results of a controlled clinical trial comparing a processed and unprocessed diet.

Researchers found those on the ultraprocessed diet ate at a faster rate -- and ate an additional 500 calories more per day than people who were eating unprocessed foods.

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"There is clearly something about ultraprocessed foods that makes people eat more of them without necessarily wanting to or realizing." said Nestle.

On ways to avoid it:

Macros

Mindset & meal-prepping

Instapot

Future oven (pics)
 
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nakedfrog

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The additional 500 calories and added sugar alone seem like they would problematic.
This quote stood out to me, though:
“There is clearly something about ultraprocessed foods that makes people eat more of them without necessarily wanting to or realizing.”
Doritos have been intentionally engineered for this, and I'm sure they're not alone (yeah, it's not a hard science article, but I'd welcome refutations if anyone has them).
 

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I can’t stand processed foods, I’d rather buy raw ingredients and cook up something fast even if it’s a little more time consuming.
 
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Kaido

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I can’t stand processed foods, I’d rather buy raw ingredients and cook up something fast even if it’s a little more time consuming.
I'm the opposite. I'm stacked for time, tired all the time, and love processed foods lol. Which is why I love stuff like my Instapot so much...pushbutton meals help me to eat healthier! I'm totally addicted to the Standard American Diet tho, so meal-prepping is really my only way to combat fatigue & a constant time crunch haha!
 

DAPUNISHER

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Eh, we all gotta die someday. Might as well eat cookies on the way there.
I have lived long enough to see many anecdotal examples of how different lifestyles play out. It ain't the dying that concerns me, it's the poor quality of life that precedes it. Sometimes lasting decades. It is a hell no one deserves. Yet many seem to happily write the checks their bodies will have to cash later.
 

Torn Mind

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The use of "processed" and "whole" is a "translation+dumbing down+not saying enough" all at the same time.

Like Twinkies are basically flour, sugar, soybean oil and some "cream", and the B vitamin complex. Flour, sugar, and veggie oils all just happen to have super powerful lobbies paying the scientists to let things slide for them.

And there is coke, which one of the most damning fat-free foods in the world.

Insulin makes you hungry more often. End of story(or the necessary beginning?)
 

Torn Mind

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I can’t stand processed foods, I’d rather buy raw ingredients and cook up something fast even if it’s a little more time consuming.
I'm inbetween. Freaking store cakes are nasty sweet. Bread sucks.

But my mouth makes love to tomatoes, potatoes, and noodles. White Rice can do as well.

Going no-carb or low carb...I cannot comply for long....
 

Torn Mind

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Eh, we all gotta die someday. Might as well eat cookies on the way there.
Oxaliplatin and other drugs persist in the environment long after colorectal cancer patient consumes it.


Depending on chemo, you become a brick in misery and if something timely needs to get done, you're likely screwed if you don't have someone else to assist.
 

mike8675309

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I wouldn't be shocked if the data they have is almost 100% related to the lack of natural fiber in ultra-processed products. Much of the benefit of whole foods is the phytonutrients which are bound to the fiber and absorbed as the fiber passes through your digestion system.
 

Mai72

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The plant oils that are used to make these junk foods are going to kill us as well. Canola, sunflower, etc. These oils oxidize in the body which causes premature aging, type2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

I've gone to Acacado sprays when I cook now. I like to switch from turkey bacon to the vegan sausages. The problem with the vegan brands is they use plant oils. They all do this. Butter isn't as bad as we once thought. There are some real benefits to consuming butter in moderation. The real thing is much better than that fake crap: I can't believe its NOT butter. That is loaded with vegetable oils.

The real issues of consuming all of this process food won't take shape until 20 years from now. The slightly weak overweight guy or gal who is 24 is going to have some HUGE health issues when they are in their 40s. And for many, its going to be life threatening. We are going to start noticing heart attacks happening to Americans in their mid-40s. In 20 years we are going to notice that over 70% of American kids will be obese. Its going to be a national crisis. Its not quite there yet. Our food suplly and horrible eating habits haven't caught up to usn yet. The storm is on the horizon, and its going to be a national disaster.

Ultraprocessed foods are horrible. I stay away from that crap. Hoagies, fast food, packaged foods. I haven't had fast food in months. The only "packaged food" I eat is a Quest bar. I eat one before I hit the gym.
 

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