The healthiest diets limit ultra-processed foods, red and processed meats, salt, unhealthy fats, added sugars, and white flour. But the typical American diet? It's heavy on all of them.
In 2019, a study by researcher Kevin Hall made headlines when it reported that ultra-processed foods led people to overeat and gain weight. Hall and others are still trying to figure out what makes us overdo it.
Highly processed foods are calorie-dense, easy to chew and swallow, low in fiber, and engineered to grab your tastebuds’ attention. What does that mean for you? Here's the backstory on a landmark 2019 ultra-processed foods study.
What's the evidence? From LDL cholesterol to heart attacks and strokes, here's how too much saturated fat harms the heart.The sat-fat science
Some headlines suggest that foods high in saturated fats are harmless or even healthful. Spoiler: they're not.Get the facts
Say hello to oils, nuts, seeds, fatty fish, and soy. They all offer more of the good (unsaturated) fats.How good fats help
Want to minimize foods high in saturated fat, salt, and refined carbs? Our brand-name guides highlight the best (and worst) of supermarket staples like cereals, plant milks, yogurt, snacks, frozen entrées, and more.
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