There we go again. You open your calorie counting app, recording what you ate for the day, measuring your food, tapping the numbers in so that you’re kept accountable to what you eat. It’s your fifth time using the app now and you’re wondering if you’re eating enough.”What a hassle!” you thought, as you record that chia seed pudding you had into your app before closing it.
It is common knowledge that ultra-processed food like donuts, chips and burgers tend to be diet-hurting. Many marketing ads will use words like “Say goodbye to your diet!” when they promote a new processed dish, often calorie heavy like a heavily frosted cake, and with good reason. It doesn’t help that ultra-processed food are often cheaper, tastier, and more convenient to purchase, making it the more attractive choice.
This paper by Professor Kevin Hall looks deeper into the relationship of ultra-processed food to find out how it causes us to gain weight. An infograph is attached to help you understand the relationship better too!