Adults without obesity who ate a diet of ultra-processed foods for 2 weeks consumed on average 500 kcal more per day and gained an average 0.9 kg vs. when they ate a diet of unprocessed foods for 2 weeks, according to findings published in Cell Metabolism.
“The perpetual diet wars between factions promoting low-carbohydrate, keto, paleo, high-protein, low-fat, plant-based, vegan and a seemingly endless list of other diets have led to substantial public confusion and mistrust in nutrition science,” Kevin D. Hall, PhD, section chief of the integrative physiology section at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and colleagues wrote in the study background. “While debate rages about the relative merits and demerits of various so-called healthy diets, less attention is paid to the fact that otherwise diverse diet recommendations often share a common piece of advice: Avoid ultra-processed foods.”
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk, Inc.
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