Ultra-processed foods are designed to be cheap, convenient, and keep us energized and full until the next meal.
But increasingly, health experts are discovering these foods aren’t great at keeping us satisfied, or even alive, long-term.
A new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control suggests that many Americans are relying on junk foods to stay alive, and it’s damaging their hearts.
It may be the case that the more factory-made ultra-processed food we eat — like granola bars that last for months on the shelf, canned ravioli loaded with thickeners and stabilizers, and soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup — the weaker our hearts perform.
“These foods are engineered to taste so good,” study author Dr. Zefeng Zhang, an epidemiologist at the CDC, told Insider, before his study