I have always thought that eating raw food is better for us, and this study by Kevin D Hall et al proves this. Their study concludes that an average person eating ultra-processed food puts on almost 1kg in 2 weeks while eating unprocessed food leads to the same weight loss in the 2 weeks. And this is huge.
So how did they do this?
They looked at 10 women and 10 men and observed them up in a very controlled environment. They randomised them into 2 groups. One was eating unprocessed food for the first 2 weeks then swapped to ultra-processed food for the send 2 weeks. The second group started with 2 weeks of ultra-processed food and they swapped them to unprocessed food for the 2 weeks after. But it did not matter which group they belonged, the results were similar.
When people were eating ultra-processed food they were:
Why was this:
So, in conclusion, people who eat ultra-processed diet are likely to consume more calories and become overweight than those people who consume unprocessed diet. But the ultra-processed diet is cheaper.
We/governments need to increase the price of the ultra-processed food and decrease the price of unprocessed food so everyone has an easier choice to eat healthier food, not just people who can afford it.
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