British physician Chris van Tulleken argues ultra-processed foods have negative long-term effects on our health.
Our food is making us sick, and it’s only getting worse. Chronic food-driven illnesses like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer affect more Americans than ever and are contributing to falling life expectancy and rising health costs.
For decades, researchers have tried to figure out why Americans suffer from so much food-related illness. We’ve thought the problem was too much sodium, or saturated fat, or added sugars—or maybe too little fiber or too few vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D and magnesium? But what seems to be good or bad for us keeps changing, in part because of our nation’s halfhearted approach to nutrition research. Potential culprits of disease are everywhere. And consumers just feel confused.
Enter British physician Chris van Tulleken. In his new book, Ultra-Processed People, he points to an intriguing suspect: industrial and synthetic food.
I’m thinking about adding protein powder to my vegan Med diet, since I can’t bother with tofu, maybe a lot of tempeh could be an alternative… I won’t hit 1.6 g/kg but maybe 1.3 g/kg which isn’t too bad either.
EVOO is a part of the Med diet.
Processed food can be healthy. Protein powders help with sarcopenia.
Healthy food is important, not whether it is processed or not.
There’s multiple levels of “processed” foods. Look for NOVA. Group 4 are the worst — “ultra” or UPF.
Group 4 - Ultra-processed foods. They are the ones that use many ingredients including food additives that improve palatability, processed raw materials (hydrogenated fats, modified starches, etc.) and ingredients that are rarely used in home cooking such as soy protein or mechanically separated meat. These foods are mainly of industrial origin and are characterized by a good pleasantness and the fact that they can be stored for a long time.
Ah, ultra-processed food is a lot different from processed food.
I do think it’s good to have a small ingredient list for supplements for example. I will stop with creatine tablets when I run out and just use powder as there are much fewer ingredients, for example.
I recognize the hangover effect he mentions. Ultra processed food is high in sodium, low in water, as well.
This is probably why America is so obese.
The authors of a Comment article in @NatRevCardiol examine the association between the increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods and their negative effect on cardiovascular health.
In this Comment, we critically examine the association between the increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods and their negative effect on cardiovascular health. We explore the historical evolution of food processing, the Nova food classification and the epidemiological evidence, and highlight the need for urgent public health interventions.
BI labels the UN data as ‘Daily Calories Consumed’. Wiki calls it ‘Food Energy Intake’
But in the end it’s total calories made available to the consumer end market. Divide that by population and you get per capita calories The statisticians do allow as to how ‘wastage’ by the consumer may result in somewhat less actually being consumed. Still…
Of course, from another angle, we get the hair on fire ‘Forty percent of food is wasted!’ meme.
Subtract 40% from 3700 and I think you get a more accurate estimate of actual per capita calorie consumption.