Lemonade, hot dogs, chips, and flavored yogurt. These summertime snacks may sound harmless, but a recent study by the National Institutes of Health shows diets containing ultra-processed foods like these may lead to a larger intake of calories and weight gain, even if the nutritional content of the foods consumed are similar to foods that are minimally processed.
No matter how many healthy choices we make, there are some disease risk factors we just can’t change. Our age, race, genders, and other genetic qualities all tend to sway us into or out of high-risk categories for just about every known disease and condition. But what about our circadian rhythms? As much a part of us as all of our other deeply engrained characteristics, it turns out that our circadian rhythms – or natural wake/eat/sleep clocks – can also put us at higher or lower risk for health problems.