MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) — A new study reveals more than half of all calories in the typical American diet come from ultra-processed foods.
Researchers looked at dietary data from more than 9,000 people.
They found foods like soft drinks, pre-packaged snacks and baked goods, chicken nuggets and instant noodles — made up nearly 60-percent of total calorie intake.
Ultra processed foods also contributed to almost 90% of added sugar consumption.
These added sugars increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.