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