What is ultra-processed food – level 2

17-05-2024 15:00

There is a big debate about ultra-processed food (UPF) and its impact on health.

UPF includes foods with ingredients we don’t normally use in home cooking, like ready meals, pot noodles, and sliced bread. Studies show that there is a link between UPF and poor health. Dr. Chris Tulleken used to work in humanitarian emergencies, and he saw the effects of UPF. According to him, there are studies about how big companies affect our health. UPF comes from factories, therefore it is cheap. It often has additives which we do not have in our kitchens.

Scientists link UPF to health problems due to high salt, fat, and sugar. Tulleken calls for better rules and independent health experts to help deal with these risks.

Difficult words: ready meal (a meal which you buy from a supermarket and you only heat it), link (a connection), humanitarian (helping people in need).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What are some of the health risks associated with ultra-processed food (UPF) as mentioned by Dr. Chris Tulleken and other scientists?


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