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Are Ultra-Processed Foods Really That Bad For You?


It seems like all processed foods are terrible…
but might they actually be saving your life? When talking processed foods, my mind immediately
jumps to pastries, ready to eat frozen meals and soda pops… but that’s only part of
the picture. Processed foods are really anything that’s been altered or modified from its
original state. Think of how many food items have salts or sugar added, or have been smoked,
cooked, packaged or canned in preservatives – these are all considered processed. Basically,
if it’s not a whole apple or plain nut, it’s probably processed. So clearly, if the definition of “processed”
is that broad, processing isn’t always bad for you – in fact, processing can make food
safer. Pasteurization, for example, kills harmful bacteria in milk and juice, which
makes them safer for consumption. Freezing counts as processing too, and in addition
to fighting bacterial growth, it actually helps foods preserve their nutrients. This is all why some scientists decided it
didn’t make sense to lump all processed foods together. Doing so muddles results in
studies and as a consequence, allows big food companies to make claims that are in their
best interests. So, scientists have separated out the real villains under the term ultra-processed.
Carlos Augusto Monteiro, leading researcher at the Centre for Epidemiological Studies
in Health and Nutrition at the University of São Paulo defines “ultra-processed”
as foods that fall into the ready to eat and ready to heat buckets. Think of an aluminum
wrapped energy bar or a burger at a junk food joint. He explains that these foods are made
up of multiple minimally processed foods. And, they’re typically processed further
through baking or frying, they have more additives, they’re packaged or canned, and they have
more added salt, sugar, vitamins, minerals. Actually – a LOT more: a typical ultra-processed
meal contains 33% more sugar and 25% more salt and fat than a meal comprised of natural
and minimally processed foods. You probably already know why these foods,
and what’s in them, are bad for you. Sugar is linked to obesity, diabetes and artificial
sugars are linked to cancer, weight gain, and mess with your metabolism. Added fats
– especially trans fats, are linked to coronary heart disease. And you may also know that
processes like refining carbohydrates can lead to overeating, and insulin spikes. But ultra-processed foods also contain less
of important things, like fiber. Which is a problem because besides decreasing your
risk of diabetes and aiding in digestion, fiber helps you feel full. Not enough fiber,
and you’re more likely to overeat. Add to this that ultra-processed foods are more energy
dense, and it means that on top of eating more calories, you’re eating the wrong kind. And this matters because consumption of ultra-processed
foods is increasing, and these foods are replacing other less processed foods in the U.S., and
abroad . While lots of processed foods are good for you, NO ultra-processed food is healthful.
Now this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have pizza, ever. But it does mean we should be
vigilant about quantity and quality when making food choices as a whole. When choosing meats, Trace has the run down
in this episode. Check it out
to learn more about how processed meats can cause you harm.

100 thoughts on “Are Ultra-Processed Foods Really That Bad For You?

  1. I wouldn"t feed Mc'Donalds to my dog!
    Human's eating good quality dog food over Mc'Donalds is recommended by 3 out of 4 doctor's!

  2. ok, i eat a ton of processed foods, i ate a ton of snacks over my lifetime, granted my body is not in great shape at all, but not one fat cell (im skinny as a rail), and everything that is wrong either came from too much soda (calcium loss bad), or not taking care of other parts of my body. So these types of "tests" did not include people like me when they looked into what people eat, and have happen to them after (years after).

  3. So if I buy pasta, fresh vegetables, herbs and spices, and make a soup, it'll be healthier than a can of soup with the exact same ingredients? I think the term "Ultra-processed" also has too broad a definition. When I buy fresh foods I ultra-process it before I eat it. it's called cooking. Also under this definition a prepackaged salad is ultra-processed.

    we need more nuance when it comes to healthy eating. What are the chemicals my body needs? What's the minimum and maximum amount of these chemicals needed to keep me healthy? And how does lifestyle and body type affect the former two questions? (note: a chemical is a purified substance. water is a chemical)

    If you know the details of why and when food becomes bad for you you can eat healthy at McDonald's.

  4. Ur so pretty, but I couldn't help but notice ur uneven eye liner. Hear me out here, u hav geougeous brown eyes and ur eye liner goes amazingly with it, but if u make ur eye liner even u will b even prettier and more presentable xx love you๐Ÿ˜˜

  5. For mystics: Processed foods lose their vital force (prana, chi).
    Food, the rawer and fresher, the better.

  6. Basically all I eat is ultra-processed food. Can confirm, not a healthy person by any means. But I don't know what to do about it.

  7. Don't eat high salt, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, nitrates, and concentrated juice. Do eat whole foods, raw nuts, milk alternatives, less animal flesh, more beans. Guaranteed, you will loose bad cholesterol, loose weight, have more energy, and this is also proven to help save Mother Earth…

  8. Convenience, cost, and for groceries its shelf life. I'd love to have fresh fruits and veggies ready to eat and prepare regularly… but they're spoiled in a week! I may not have time or energy to cook every single day nor do I want to keep running to the store to get groceries every single week or few days. I don't have the time. So frozen stuff, canned stuff, and stuff with a long shelf life works for me right now. I may only cook 2-3 times in a week because of my limited time between getting home and bed time after work. I'd hate for all those fresh veggies and fruits to go to waste… I need to make more money in my life so I could hire a personal chef.

  9. Anyone else feel like this classification change is more political than is let on? I won't disagree with much of the findings, but I question if the classification do more justice. As with before they were split, no processed food is the same.

  10. Just be a vegetarian, fruits are cheap, sweet, and healthy for you.

    Legumes gives great protein per gram, as well as carbs and fibre. It's a miracle plant food imo.

    I guess egg-whites are good, and egg yolks are pretty good for vitamin B12 as well.. so, select what you eat. You can stay healthy and save money, just have to educate yourself on cooking imo.

  11. What sucks is eating healthy makes you feel so much better, honestly. But I must warn, I no longer produce the enzymes necessary to eatย pretty much any processed food without getting the shits.ย It's also a great reminder when the food you eat comes out of your face (Acne).ย Your bodies little message to you to change.

  12. telling people to eat healthy food that tastes like crap
    and takes longer to make is why this is still a problem.

    people don't want to lose convenience or enjoyment.

    if you are unable to find an equal substitute, people wont change or budge in the slightest.

  13. This is how Idiots remain idiots …. Pasteurazation kills healthy nutrients in Milk making it a crap food stupid media branwashing idiots ..

  14. Pronuncing names on the native language is confusing for both natives and non natives, and is also a PEDANT habit.

  15. Your letting me down D news! Processed food is horrible for you!! And you know this! Natural organic vegan is the only way we will evolve to the next stage of enlightenment. We must stop killing.

  16. its shocking how many of you in the comments care about other peoples choices, do we all have to be exactly the same? cant we look past petty differences?

  17. It doesn't help if almost 90% of the food at the supermarket is bad for you. Not to mention to eat healthy it will cost way more time and money. What foods have a lot fiber?

  18. So great to witness an unbiased (ie. unsponsored) and truthful explaination of diet that ultimately promotes a holistic smorgasbord.

  19. If you only eat one large McDonalds burger a day with all it's extra bad stuff, and take nutrient supplements, isn't there still a good balance in your diet? A lot of these facts are based on typical 3 meal a day diets where 'super processed' foods and people who will become unhealthy from prolonged increase in the 'bad stuff', but actually the bad stuff is pretty much just good stuff we have too much of, so just consume less to make up for it?

  20. ahahahaaha, The ignorance is soooooo real… did any of the dozens of people all blabbing about this is wrong, that is wrong, actually research nutrition? I come from a line of Hollistic Nutrionist, chefs, homeopathic doctors, and am a chef and nutriotinist, and have studied biochemistry and genetics. With that I can tell you all that you know NOTHING about how nutrition works in the body and the effects diets and changes have. Its really eyeopening and worth EVERYONES time to go research hollistic medicine, studies, and the numerous numerous diseases and ailments that can be avoided or even CURED with knowledge about whats going in your body AND how it is processed through your body in ALL stages. IF you care about your body and your health, then actually do something about it

  21. Eating healthy is neither that expensive nor that difficult. It just takes a bit of effort, but it is well worth it.

  22. Any food is altered.
    When you Kill an amimal for its meat. you are altering the animal
    .
    When you break an egg to eat something inside. its altered too.
    infact even TIME alters food from Fresh to Stale.

    All your food is alterd at all times

  23. Longevity studies show protein is the biggest problem. Eat a high carbohydrate low protein low fat diet preferably vegan and unprocessed foods. Studies on mice extended life by 40% using starchy staple foods. Caloric restriction actually harmed the high carbohydrate low protein low fat group whereas it benefitted the high protein diet group. The high protein diet group lived dramatically shorter lives due to deaths from many causes (e.g. degenerative diseases plus cancer). High protein diet also made the mice leaner and stronger but again shorter lives. High carb diet made them chunkier due to desire to compensate for lower protein.

  24. replacing? the replacement is done. Everything is made to keep us unhealthy and fat. it is to the point of joke as even alot of claimed to be healthy foods are not often too healthy. Obesity is out of control.

  25. I love traveling to other countries because in most places they don't have so many ultra processed foods. My friend traveled with me and was shocked that the bacon and orange juice tasted different. I told him to Google hour bacon and orange juice are allowed to be processed in the US. He was shocked at what he found.

  26. wow was not expecting the like meter to look like that

    dislike for you hardly touching on the topic of your question, breezing by the answer so fast i doubt hardly anyone watching would know you said it which is

    "No ultra-processed food is healthful(helpful?)." its not even a clear statement!…is healthful a fucking word? how about "No ultra-processed food is HEALTHY" ffs m8

  27. Make your own pizza, burger, anything! You know exactly what the hell you are putting into that burger and it literally taste a billion times better.

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  29. How is this even a question. The fact that people question if fake, dead, and processed foods are bad for you is scary. People are waking up though. The propaganda and mind control on society isn't working.

  30. thumbs down for your jump on the pasteurized bandwagon. Food isn't handled like it was 100 years ago, read the facts. Raw milk is best.

  31. salt, sugar, and transfats? Really? you're not going to mention preservatives, all the equivalents to MSG that are stuffed in food labeled NO MSG on technicalities? What about Nitrates and Nitrites? Soybean and cottonseed oil? Hydrogenated fats? Various metal compounds? Enriched flour even? How is this article the slightest bit informative? This was supposed to be about ultra-processed foods, but instead we got a health news flash from a decade ago. Oh have you heard? we have portable phones now. They can do amazing things. Brought to you by DNews. So informative.

  32. Nice video! I made one about the 10 LEAST-HEALTHY Processed Foods! Please check it out & give it a thumbs up if you enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I came here to listen for about 30 seconds to feel better about myself and my life style.
    I'm going back to Mc. Donalds now, cya

  34. Vague and misleading presentation. Never touched the reasons why somethings maybe harmful, never mentioned the potentially bad carbs or fats, created an entire category, vaguely defined, and labeled in 'unhealthful' with no actual reasons as to why.

  35. i fucking hate when people say something isnt always created equally… do you really think thats funny? its a pun towards racism……

  36. I hate heated vegetables so I never buy frozen although I wish I could. But unthawed frozen vegetables are just disgusting.

  37. American people's food is disgusting. Look how processed your Twinkies are, and look how your hotdogs contain human flesh.

  38. Some people will always refuse to believe the evidence in sight of a conspiracy theory so really who cares it's their body let it get destroyed.

  39. Ultra-processedโ€ foods, made in factories with ingredients unknown to the domestic kitchen, may be linked to cancer'

  40. They say it's bad because of the high amounts of sugar and sodium in many ultra processed food. And they contain hydrogenated oils or vegetable oils which are bad for us.

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