Studies from the National Institutes of Health haven proven that heavily processed foods cause overeating and weight gain.
Yes, processed foods are fast and easy; just open, microwave, and eat. But this comes at a price. All the additives, like sugars, sodium, artificial dyes, and flavorings cancel out any benefits for a healthy body. Research has found you can easily eat 500 more calories per meal than people eating a more natural, less processed diet.
You need a balance of about 60 to 70% unprocessed foods to stay healthy and maintain a good weight. The less processed food the better; you need foods in their more natural state to keep nutrients intact and beneficial to your health. Keep these eight items off your grocery list to help you achieve that goal.
8. Sugary Soft Drinks
Avoid soft drinks, sodas, and colas with high fructose sugars. This includes even diet sodas, since fake sugars act like real sugar in our bodies. You will be surprised how quickly naturally flavored water, no sugar added drinks, or unsweetened tea will affect your weight. Decrease your soft drink intake until you only drink it occasionally.
7. Margarine and Oleo
High-fat diets with hydrogenated oils increase the risk of disease. These oils are used in the manufacturing of ultra-processed and prepackaged foods. It is better to use healthier fats like olive oil, butter, ghee, or coconut oil when eating or preparing foods at home.