Increasingly, Americans are paying attention to where the food they eat comes from—and how much of it they're eating. Even so, according to Gizmodo, there's a new survey showing that Americans are still getting an overwhelming amount of their caloric intake from processed foods.
According to the study, conducted by BMJ, processed foods make up nearly 58 percent of the total calories consumed in the United States. Gizmodo quotes the study as defining processed foods as those that "include substances not used in culinary preparations, in particular additives used to imitate sensorial qualities of minimally processed foods and their culinary preparations."
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Researchers have already discovered that processed foods tend to be addictive: One study from 2015 posited that "highly processed foods may be intentionally manufactured to be particularly rewarding through the addition of fat and refined carbohydrates, like white flour and sugar." This jibes with the BMJ study, which shows that sugar and oil factored in highly among the calories that Americans are eating in processed foods.