Ultra or Heavily Processed Diets Cause Excess Calorie Intake and Weight Gain
According to NOVA, ultra processes foods are derived by processing foods through multiple processes like baking, extrusion, molding, milling, etc. They usually contain large amount of additives like preservatives, sweeteners, flavors and also fortified with micronutrients. This is done to produce ready to eat and easy to cook food. Examples are carbonated drinks, chips, chocolate, packed snacks, candy, pizza, ice-cream, cakes, fries, chicken, instant soups and many more.
Nowadays, food we eat daily has been significantly changed from its original state by addition of salt, sugar, fat, additives, preservatives or artificial colors. These foods do not contain sufficient nutrients needed by our body. These foods are high in fat and sugar that leads to increase your calorie intake and results in weight gain. These foods also contain a hormone that increase your hunger and make you eat more calories. They are also quite tasty, soft and easy to chew and swallow. People eat them quickly and do not get adequate time to realize that they are overeating. Fiber satisfies your hunger and make you full early. They contain little amount of fiber so you take more calorie before fullness.
Our health is greatly affected by what we eat. You need to monitor your intake of ultra-processed foods as high consumption of it may leads to early death. This is due to addition of additives in the food that leads to increase the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. If you cut down your amount of ultra-processed foods, you will be able to live longer. You must know foods that are both nutritious and healthy in long term.