Foods high in fats are as addictive as cigarettes

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Foods high in added fats and refined carbs are like cigarettes – addictive and unhealthy
Foods high in added fats and refined carbs are like cigarettes – addictive and unhealthy

Every year millions of Americans try to cut down on ultra-processed foods – industrial formulations that are typically high in added fat, refined carbohydrates or both. Think industrially made cookies, cakes, potato chips and pizza.

For many, the desire to change what they eat is triggered by concerns about potentially life-threatening health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. The impact of diet on health is not a small problem. In fact, a recent multidisciplinary commission of 37 leading scientists from around the globe identified unhealthy diets as a greater risk to human health than unsafe sex and alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined.

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