“FREE—Free At Last”
As you may recall from last month’s blog, Avoiding the Ultra-Processed Food Trap, Part 1 we discussed the concept of processed food. We shared both the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explanations of processed foods. We reviewed findings from recent research studies on the health effects of consuming ultra-processed foods. We even provided a fascinating video on BBC that showed a UK doctor’s journey on eating 80% ultra-processed food for 30 days. We talked about processed, fast food, also referred to as “Frankenfood.”
Today, we will take a deeper-dive into the subject matter to further understand the difference between minimally processed and heavily/ultra-processed foods. Recommendations on how to gradually wean yourself away from processed ingredients (including “Frankenfood”) will be discussed.