There’s evidence for the first time that processed foods cause us to eat more and gain weight. Ultra-processed items like muffins and quesadillas are major culprits.

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Processed foods have long been linked to shorter life spans and increased cancer cases.
Groundbreaking research from the US National Institutes of Health suggests for the first time that the relationship is causal: no matter how nutritious they are, processed foods lead people to eat more and gain weight.
Scientists still aren’t sure why this is the case, but they think there may be something unique about the way our hormones interact with processed foods. Plus, we typically eat them faster than unprocessed meals, which means the body has less time to stop and register when it’s full.
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Too much sugar, too much salt, and too much fat.

We’ve all been told for years that these are the culprits responsible for soaring obesity rates and expanding waistlines.

But new groundbreaking research performed at a state-of-the-art nutrition lab in Maryland reveals the nutritional value of what we eat may not matter nearly as much as how fresh our food is in the first place.

Nutrition experts at the National Institutes of Health have some of the first evidence (published Thursday in the journal Cell Metabolism) that there is something inherently bad about the way our bodies take in processed, ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat foods, and it makes us eat substantially more food every day and get fatter over time than we would if we were eating fresh, home-cooked meals more regularly.

“I was surprised that we actually saw a very large effect,” lead researcher Kevin Hall from the National Institutes of Health told Business Insider.

Researchers turned people into lab rats to better study their eating …read more

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