ultra-processed foods

Groundbreaking New Study On Ultra-Processed Foods Provides Possible Causal Smoking Gun For Our Global Obesity Struggles


Yoni Freedhoff, MD,

Family doc, Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, Author of The Diet Fix, and founder of Ottawa's non-surgical Bariatric Medical Institute—a multi-disciplinary, ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management centre. Nowadays I'm more likely to stop drugs than start them. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.


Abstract: The reason why weights rise in the industrialized world remains unclear, but most agree that diet plays a crucial role. The endless list of fad diets from paleo to keto to low-carb has led to public mistrust and confusion. The results of a new study titled "Ultra-processed diets cause excess calorie intake and weight gain: A one-month inpatient randomized controlled trial of ad libitum food intake" strongly suggests that regardless of diet, ultra-processed foods should be avoided.
Key Words: diet, nutrition, ultra-processed foods, calorie intake, weight gain.
Helping patients understand the importance of limiting the consumption of ultra-processed foods may be the first step to a healthier lifestyle.
Suggest planning meals ahead of time and eating healthy fats (olive oils, avocado, nuts), grains, enough protein (fish, beans, nuts) and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Discuss how ultra-processed foods may well be a contributor to both weight and other diet related diseases.
Reducing or eliminating consumption of ultra-processed foods may be an effective strategy for obesity prevention and treatment, but doing so requires privilege, time, skill, and expense.
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