Study Seeks a Better-Balanced Diet

Ultraprocessed foods may trigger overeating, according to a new study in Cell Metabolism.

Participants ate more and gained more weight eating a diet of industrially processed foods—like hot dogs—compared to minimally processed foods like grilled chicken. 

With the ultraprocesseed diet, participants consumed some 500 more calories per day, ate faster and gained more weight. But there were differences between the diets may have influenced how much people consumed. For one, the ultraprocessed diet had less protein, more nutrient-dense and contained softer foods that are easier to eat quickly.  

So researchers are planning an updated version that better balances the diets.  


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