More than HALF of the calories consumed by the American population comes from extremely processed food – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD

Examples of ultra-processed foods include sugary soft drinks, packaged snacks that are overly sweet, reconstituted meat products like chicken nuggets and fish sticks, instant noodles, soups and other pre-packaged foods.

Heavily processed foods are dangerous because of their outsized concentrations of sugar, trans fat and sodium, all of which contribute to numerous health problems like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. In addition, ultra-processed foods have been linked to increased risk of developing certain cancers.

Even though the average American does not view junk food as an addiction, researchers have discovered unhealthy food can actually seize the brain in the same way nicotine, cocaine and other drugs do — leaving us at the mercy of cravings and binges. A separate report from January 2018 revealed that even representatives from the sugar industry admit that high levels of the sweet stuff are addictive.

More than HALF of the calories consumed by the American population comes from extremely processed food – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD