Do You Know This About Bagels?

Do You Know This About Bagels?

On Thursday, May 16, 2019 the National Institute of Health released the results of their new study which found heavily processed foods cause overeating and weight gain! (1)

The study found that people eating ultra-processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when they ate a minimally processed diet!  What was shocking was that both the ultra-processed and minimally processed diets had the same number of calories and macronutrients!

NIH considered foods “ultra-processed” if they contain ingredients such as hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup, flavoring agents and emulsifiers – usually found in industrial manufactured foods.

In this study an example of an ultra-processed breakfast consisted of a bagel with cream cheese and turkey bacon and the unprocessed breakfast was oatmeal with bananas, walnuts and skim milk.  Both meals had the same amount of calories, sugars, fiber, fat and carbohydrates and participants could eat as much or as little as they wanted.

Yet when participants were given the ultra-processed foods they ate more at each meal and gained more weight than when they ate a minimally processed diet!

It’s important to note that many think a bagel with cream cheese and turkey bacon is somewhat healthy – but it really is not!

This is the first study to demonstrate that “ultra-processed foods cause people to eat too many calories and gain weight.”(2)

Ultra-processed foods are usually quicker to grab and takes less time to prepare – but be mindful they can cause over-eating and weight gain!!!

What was very interesting was when Dr. Jennifer Ashton reported these findings on Good Morning America, Saturday, May 18, 2019 – she had examples and talked about the “ultra-processed” foods such as white bread, candy, even some breakfast cereals, cookies, chips, hot dogs, fries,  – but never mentioned bagels (which was what NIH did use in their study)! (2)

Dr. Ashton stated “Ultra-processed foods are usually high in fat, salt and sugar and are typically nutrient poor and calorie dense. They are items that are bought in the grocery store and can be stored in our pantry with a long shelf life and they are not good for you” – which I totally agree.

Now most people recognize that white bread, cookies, candy, chips and the other items that were shown are not the healthiest foods – but bagels also fell into this classification and that is worthy to note!

It should be noted that the participants in this study were NOT eating chips, cookies, ice cream and candy – but bagels with cream cheese for the ultra-processed breakfast!!!

The less processed the better!  Ultra-processed foods are NOT just foods that can stay in your pantry for a long time but also things that are made with ultra-processed ingredients!

Ultra-processed foods are usually quicker to grab and takes less time to prepare – but be mindful they can cause over-eating and weight gain!!!

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