Ultra-processed foods are often high in salt, added sugars, saturated fat and other substances associated with increasing the risk of heart disease, per the latest CDC report today.
Ultra-processed foods are made entirely or mostly from substances such as modified starches, hydrogenated fats, added sugar, and other compounds and include additives such as artificial flavors, colors or emulsifiers. Examples include soft drinks, packaged salty snacks, cookies, cakes, processed meats, chicken nuggets, powdered and packaged instant soups and many items often marketed as “convenience foods.”
Researchers have found that for every five per cent increase in calories from ultra-processed foods a person ate, there was a corresponding decrease in overall cardiovascular health.
Takeaway: Avoid store-bought convenience foods