Processed Foods = Biggest Chunk of Calories in U.S. Grocery Bags
March 30, 2015
If you’re not already motivated to eat healthy by the long-term health effects from consuming processed foods, you may be motivated when you use a calorie tracker. A new study proves a notable difference between highly processed foods and less processed foods—number of calories. Highly-processed foods such as white bread, prepared meals, candy and chips have more fat, sugar and salt than lower-processed foods, such as frozen vegetables, meat and milk. And as it turns out, highly-processed foods found stocked in grocery stores account for 60% of American’s calorie intake. This reveal is a sobering reminder that when strolling the aisles of the grocery store, look for products in whole food form; it may not be as convenient and inexpensive as eating highly-processed foods, but it will free up some calorie space to enjoy that glass of pinot.