I have 2 scary facts for you ...
1. The more “ultra-processed” foods you eat, the more likely you are to do worse on heart-health tests.
2. Most people get more than 50% of our daily calories from ultra-processed foods!
“Ultra-processed” foods are basically grab & go manufactured foods – processed meats, chicken nuggets, soft drinks, cookies & cakes, chips, etc. – that contain unhealthy fats, starches, added sugar, and artificial flavors, dyes, and emulsifiers.
Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that for every 5% jump in calories from ultra-processed foods, people’s cardiovascular health dropped!
So, adults who ate approximately 70% of their calories from ultra-processed foods were half as likely to have "ideal" cardiovascular health, as defined by the American Heart Association’s guidelines.
That’s compared with people who ate 40% or less of their calories from ultra-processed foods.
The takeaway: choose WHOLE “REAL” FOODS instead of food products that come in a package! This means lean proteins, lots of veggies & fruits, healthy natural fats, and unprocessed grains.
This info comes from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which contained info from 13,446 adults age 20 or older, who completed a 24-hour dietary recall and answered questions about their cardiovascular health.
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