More Than Half of What Americans Eat Is ‘Ultra-Processed’
And those foods account for 90 percent of U.S. added sugar, salt and fat intake, new research says.
Part of the reason this ratio is so troubling is that ultra-processed foods account for almost all of the added sugars Americans eat—90 percent, to be specific. Added sugar (that is, any sugar not naturally occurring in a food) has recently become even more of a target for elimination from people’s diets. The most recent U.S. dietary guidelines recommend that people get less than 10 percent of their calories from added sugars.
If you want one easy target to start with, by far the worst offenders are sodas and sugary fruit drinks. There’s no Pollan-esque mantra for beverages, but if it helps I’ll make one up for you now: Drink liquids, not too sugary, mostly water.
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