How Much Processed Food do You Eat?

Cravings-Crushing Monday Shocker

Does your diet look like the question mark to your left or the one to your right?

Now, take a guess… What percentage of your diet do you think comes from processed breads, pizza, donuts, buns or chips?

So what’s your processed foods figure?

If you’re like most Americans, more than half of your diet comes from ultra-processed foods. So found a study in the peer-reviewed medical journal, BMJ during which 9317 were surveyed, more than half of people’s foods (57.9 percent) are “ultra-processed.”

The researchers, who were from the University of São Paulo in Brazil and Tufts University in Boston, defined “ultra-processed” foods as: “Industrial formulations of several ingredients, which besides salt, sugar, oils and fats, include substances not used in culinary preparations, in particular additives used to imitate sensorial qualities of minimally processed foods and their culinary preparations.”

Why is it so troubling that 57.9 percent of your diet comes from ultra-processed foods?

  • First, ultra-processed foods account for almost all added sugars that Americans eat—almost 90 percent.
  • Second, as this study points out, ultra-processed foods “displace more nutrient-dense foods” — meaning, bye-bye, real foods such as cucumbers, celery and avocados, hello, nutrient-poor, unreal junk foods.
  • Third, ultra-processed foods make you “overfed and undernourished,” as the study observes. That’s not a recipe for good health.
  • Then, all those processed carbs you’re eating quickly metabolize into sugar so you’re getting far more sugar than you realize.
  • Then, your high intake of both sweeteners and sugars from processed foods can — as I shared in my books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock — increase your risk of weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes;  higher serum triglycerides, high blood cholesterol; higher blood pressure; stroke; coronary heart disease; cancer; and much more.

Now for less-obvious conclusions, which come from my new insights into cravings:

  • The more processed foods you consume, the more you’ll get cravings for sugar, carbs, fat and salt.
  • Then, you’ll eat more processed junk foods.
  • And you’ll gain more weight….
  • The alarming result: Hello, disease, bye-bye, good health.

So what’s the big takeaway?

Eliminate or drastically cut out processed foods, and you’ll cut your cravings, take back your power and peel off your excess weight. 

Join the Conversation: Do you get craving for processed foods? So how often do you eat those unreal foods? Then, how do you feel when you eat them?

 

Let me know you resonate with this post. Share, Like and Tweet it so I can continue to serve you, your friends and loved ones to Crush Your Cravings for junk foods full of sugar, flour, fat or salt so you can slim down, boost your energy and take back your power.

Connie Bennett is the bestselling author of Sugar Shock (Berkley Books) and Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House), which have been praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman and many others. Connie is now finishing her next book, Crush Your Cravings On the Go™ and the companion Crush Your Cravings Virtual Bootcamp. Connie's newest expertise grew out of her own Crazy Cravings™, which attacked the sugar and carb expert after she endured a grueling year of watching her Mom lose the battle to a vicious cancer. Now slimmed down and the Master of her Cravings, Connie is now dedicated to sharing fast, super-simple, science-based secrets to Crush Your Cravings.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.