It seems as though the American diet has once again fallen short under the scrutiny of researchers. A recent study conducted by Tufts University and the University of São Paulo has released important information concerning the American diet. It seems that the average American is getting 58% of their energy from “ultra processed” foods. If you’re not familiar with what constitutes an “ultra processed” food, the study goes on to explain that these are “substances not used in culinary preparations, in particular, flavours, colours, sweeteners, emulsifiers, and other additives used to imitate sensorial qualities of unprocessed or minimally processed foods and their culinary preparations or to disguise undesirable qualities of the final product.”
Some of the biggest culprits are sodas, flavored milk drinks, breakfast cereals, and many of our favorite snack options. In order to gather their information, researchers kept tabs on over 9,000 people who were chosen to represent the average American’s diet. The researchers asked for each person to recall and record their diets over the last day or so. With the information given from the sample, researchers were able to pinpoint where most of the sugar in everyone’s diet was coming from. The end results seemed to find that more than half of Americans are getting most of their calories outside of the recommended 10% sugar intake.
“The high consumption of added sugars in the U.S.A. is most likely contributing to excess obesity, Type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and coronary heart disease,” the study read.