Study: Half of What We Eat is Junk Food


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A new study reveals that a whopping 60% of what we eat in the U.S. is considered “junk food” loaded with fat, salt, and sugar that we’re not supposed to eat, NBC Health reports. latino-kid-pizza-1024x604

The study reports that this is evidence of why two-thirds of Americans and why 60% of Latinos in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

“The most common ultra-processed foods in terms of energy contribution were breads, soft drinks, fruit drinks, and milk-based drinks; cakes, cookies, and pies; salty snacks; frozen and shelf-stable plates; pizza and breakfast cereals,” Dr. Carlos Augusto Monteiro of the University of São Paulo and colleagues there, and at Tufts University in Boston, wrote in their report.

The study found that just under 650 calories of the average 2,000 calorie-a-day-diet were from fruits and vegetables which according to experts not only helps in reducing the risk of being overweight or obese but also prevents other chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

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