During the past year, I’ve been adding strength training to my weekly routine for both my physical and mental health. I want to look and feel better, and I’ve been reaching my goals. This article on “calories” caught my attention because I’m cutting approximately 500 calories a day to lose fat while maintaining muscle mass.
According to this study, eating ultra-processed foods add approximately 500 calories to our diet each day in part because these foods taste better. Study participants could eat as much as they wanted, and those who ate ultra-processed foods ended up eating more of it. Ultra-processed foods taste better and they’re more convenient but the downside is that we tend to eat more of these foods as a result.
What struck me about ultra-processed foods is that it‘s probably no accident that corporations that make these foods profit more as we eat more. And while there’s nothing wrong with profit, profiting at the expense of our health is morally wrong. But once we’re aware, we give ourselves power to choose healthier options.
Whatever food we choose to buy, it can never hurt to become more aware of our motives and other reasons for buying ultra-processed foods. When we become aware, we immediately give ourselves power to make better choices for ourselves and the ones we love.