Are Diets High in Processed Foods a Recipe for Obesity?

Researchers have long believed the obesity epidemic is at least partly related to the proliferation of highly processed foods. Now, new research suggests the connection is real.

In a tightly controlled lab study, scientists found that people ate many more calories — and gained a couple of pounds — when they spent two weeks on a highly processed diet, versus when they ate a diet rich in whole foods.

And it wasn’t just explained by the obvious — processed foods packing more sugar and fat.

Both diets were designed to offer the same number of