[tps_header]It’s no surprise that processed food isn’t good for you, and thankfully, there’s been a noticeable and significant shift in our society toward more locally and organically conscious cuisine. However, a large number of Americans are still considered to be unhealthy, as more than one third of American adults are obese. Will this ever change? With GMO-ridden food and expensive prices attached to organic products, it can seem like an uphill battle. Even so, you’ll want to switch up your processed diet ASAP. Here are five disturbing facts you may be surprised to learn.[/tps_header]
1. Processed food leaves you craving more
Because human beings are naturally drawn to certain types of food, like tastes and nutrients that are necessary for survival, it’s a no-brainer that big brand food companies would capitalize on the opportunity to implement these same ingredients into their products. Since we crave foods that taste good, processed food companies are on a competitive mission to make those products as desirable as possible, thus establishing unrealistic expectations and triggering highly unnatural cravings. More scientifically, this is referred to as the “food reward hypothesis of obesity,” which states that the reward and hedonic value of food influences food intake and body fatness. This then contributes to obesity.