Americans are eating more ultra-processed foods, according to an 18-year study.


Americans are eating more ultra-processed foods, according to an 18-year study.

An 18-year study tracks the rise in industrially produced foods, which could be leading to obesity and other ailments.

According to a new study from the NYU School of Global Public Health, consumption of ultra-processed foods has increased across nearly all sectors of the US population over the last two decades.

“Overall, the average American diet has changed towards a more processed diet.” “This is alarming because consuming more ultra-processed foods is linked to poor diet quality and a higher risk of various chronic diseases,” said Filippa Juul, the study’s primary author and assistant professor and postdoctoral researcher at NYU School of Public Health. “A fundamental driver of the obesity epidemic in the twenty-first century may be the high and increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods.” Industrially made, ready-to-eat or heat, ultra-processed foods contain additives and are mostly devoid of whole ingredients. Researchers at the NYU School of Global Public Health have previously discovered that higher intake of ultra-processed meals is linked to obesity and heart disease.

Juul and her colleagues reviewed dietary data from over 41,000 adults who participated in the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2001 to 2018 in a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The researchers divided the items reported into four groups after asking participants what they had eaten in the previous 24 hours. The percentage of calories consumed from each food group was then computed.

Consumption of ultra-processed foods increased from 53.5 percent of calories at the start of the study period (2001-2002) to 57 percent at the end (2017-2018). The consumption of ready-to-eat or heat meals, such as frozen dinners, climbed the greatest, while sugary foods and beverages decreased. Whole food consumption, on the other hand, fell from 32.7 percent to 27.4 percent of total calories, owing to individuals consuming less meat and dairy.

Almost all demographic groups increased their consumption of ultra-processed foods, regardless of wealth, with the exception of Hispanic adults, who ate much less ultra-processed foods and more whole foods than non-Hispanic white and Black adults. In addition, college graduates consumed much fewer ultra-processed foods. Older folks (aged 60+) had the greatest rise in ultra-processed food consumption: this age group ate… Summary of the latest news from Brinkwire.


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