How processed foods make you fat

The research found that people ate significantly more calories and gained more weight when they were fed a diet that was high in ultra-processed foods.
The research found that people ate significantly more calories and gained more weight when they were fed a diet that was high in ultra-processed foods.PHOTO: ST FILE

Study shows such foods tend to make people eat more, possibly resulting in poorer health

In recent years, many nutrition experts have linked the obesity epidemic to the spread of ultra-processed foods that are engineered to have a long shelf life and irresistible combinations of salt, sugar, fat and other additives.

These foods tend to make people overeat because they are full of refined carbohydrates, added sugars and fat that appeal to the human palate, experts say. Most of these foods, however, tend to lack fibre, protein, vitamins and other important nutrients.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2019, with the headline 'How processed foods make you fat'. Print Edition | Subscribe