I keep hearing that refined and processed foods are
linked with cardiovascular diseases. Now I hear about ultra-processed foods.
What in the world are those?
What a great question. You obviously are keeping up with emerging
research. Generally, refined, and processed foods are those made from white
flour, sugar, fats, and often preservatives to increase shelf life. Yes, there
are ultra-processed foods, as well. These involve the
use of an industrial process, such as heat processing, dehydrating, or adding
chemicals. Ultra-processed foods
are generally energy dense, rich in refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, and
salt, and contain low dietary fiber. Examples include
mass-produced and packaged snacks, sugary
drinks, breads, confectioneries, ready-made meals, processed meats, salty snacks, candies, pastries, foods high in
starch, pizza, burgers, etc. More tomorrow.