Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Processed versus ultra-processed foods

    Processed foods have been scrutinized for years, but they’re popular because they are cheap and convenient. A new study from the National Institutes of Health found that people on an ultra-processed diet ate more calories and gained more weight than when they ate the same amount of food on a minimally-processed diet. Which begs the question: what’s the difference between processed foods and ultra-processed foods?

    • Processed foods are filled with sugar, salt and other preservatives to increase their shelf life.
    • Ultra-processed foods have additives like artificial flavors, food coloring, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and more.

    Which ultra-processed foods are you eating? 

     

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