Processed Food Problem

Utsav Agrawal
Utsav Agrawal

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Nutrition
I’m categorizing “processed food” as food that has common ingredients found in industrial food manufacturing, ingredients such as processed seed/vegetable oil, high-fructose corn syrup, flavoring/coloring agents, etc. But this is just common sense, walk around a grocery store or any online grocery store, and you already know what processed food encompasses, don’t overthink it.

This to say, processed foods are literally engineered to be hyper-palatable.Hyper-palatable/processed foods are designed with the intention of overconsumption. Food manufacturers combine fat, salt, sugar to find a perfect bliss point and create an irresistible product. Further, there is also product texture, mouthfeel, and visual components that add to this irresistibly. In a study, 20 subjects split between two groups, 10 per group. One group was fed highly processed foods while the other group was fed minimally processed foods, essential factors here. Both groups were able to eat as much as they wanted, and foods provided for the groups were matched in the number of calories, sugars, fiber, fat, and carbohydrates. After the two week study period, the group consuming the high processed diet consumed, on average, 500 more calories every day! Before you jump to conclusions and throw out all the processed food, yes, it is perfectly fine and realistic to included hyper-palatable “processed” foods within your diet, sometimes, if adherence warrants. Basically, if it makes you following the diet easier. These foods require additional mitigating strategies to avoid severe overconsumption. Reference- (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190516114550.htm)
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