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No, weight gain isn’t the only health problem on the list.
Additionally, the additives that keep ultra-processed foods from spoiling for long periods of time, such as bisphenol A (BPA), could increase the risk of cardiometabolic disorders, the researchers said.
Animal research gives a hint why: One
found that emulsifiers, often found in ultra-processed foods, may trigger low-grade inflammation and obesity or metabolic syndrome in mice. And that, of course, can raise your risk of heart problems.
Physical activity has been found to
the risk of cardiovascular disease, but there is no evidence that exercise might “fix” the damage from ultra-processed foods, the researchers explained.
Simply put, you can’t outrun a bad diet.
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Considering many studies show associations between ultra-processed food consumption health issues, limiting the proportion of ultra-processed food in your diet may be a wise choice.
“Lack of time is not an excuse; it does not take very long to use for example frozen fish and vegetables with just a hint of olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme or spices, and a serving of whole-grain pasta,” Srour said. “It is delicious and only takes 10 minutes to cook.”
If you’re not ready to go into full
mode, start by preparing one additional serving in the evening to use for lunch the next day. If it does come down to choosing prepared foods, Srour suggest picking products with a shorter ingredient risk (to lower the exposure to additives), and products with a better nutritional quality—think less sugar, salt, and trans fat.
Her love of all things outdoors came from growing up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and her passion for running was sparked by local elementary school cross-country meets.
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