The trouble with ultra-processed foods

Carlos A Monteiro, Geoffrey Cannon
University of Sao Paulo
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Ultra-processed foods (Nova group 4) are industrial formulations made by deconstructing whole foods into chemical constituents, altering them and recombining them with additives into products that are alternatives to fresh and minimally processed foods and freshly prepared meals.

The two papers linked to this editorial report associations between poor health outcomes and ultra-processed food and drinks.1 2 Both papers use the Nova food classification, which divides all foods into four groups according to the extent and purpose of their processing.

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