Ultra-processed foods make up a majority of Americans’ calorie intake

A study published in 2016 found that Americans are now getting over half their daily calories from ultra-processed food. Published in the BMJ Open journal, the study showed that 57.9 percent of people’s energy intake was coming from foods containing the kind of synthetic additive ingredients you wouldn’t want to cook with at home, like artificial flavors, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives. Such additives are common in soda, packaged snacks, breakfast cereals, instant soup and frozen meals.

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