More than half of what Americans eat is ‘Ultra-Processed’

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) — A new study reveals more than half of all calories in the typical American diet come from ultra processed foods.

Researchers looked at dietary data from more than 9,000 people.

They found foods like soft drinks, pre-packaged snacks and baked goods, chicken nuggets and instant noodles — made up nearly 60-percent of total calorie intake.

Ultra processed foods also contributed to almost 90% of added sugar consumption.

These added sugars increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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