People eat more junk food than nutritional food

A new study reveals that people eat more junk than nutritional food.

Meat, fruit and milk provided the most calories among unprocessed or minimally processed foods, they added.

Fresh fruits and vegetables should make up most of what we eat, nutritionists and public health officials alike say. But the study found they contribute just under 650 calories a day in the average 2,000 calorie-a-day diet.

A new study finds that approximately 60 percent of what people eat is junk or ultra-processed foods loaded with sugar, salt, fat and all the other stuff we are not supposed to snack on.

The most common ultra-processed foods in terms of energy contribution were breads; soft drinks, fruit drinks and milk-based drinks; cakes, cookies and pies; salty snacks; frozen and shelf-stable plates; pizza and breakfast cereals, Dr. Carlos Augusto Monteiro of the University of São Paulo and colleagues there, and at Tufts University in Boston, wrote in their report.