'Gateway' foods like candy may lead to unhealthy teen eating, according to 16-year-old lead researcher

Certain ultra-processed foods, such as candy, pastries and frozen desserts, may be “gateway” foods for adolescents, leading them to eat higher quantities of other unhealthy foods, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2022, Sept. 7-10, 2022 in San Diego. The meeting is the premier scientific exchange focused on recent advances in basic and clinical research on high blood pressure and its relationship to cardiac and kidney disease, stroke, obesity and genetics.

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