We’ve apparently found the culprit for the obesity epidemic, and it’s “ultra-processed foods”. They’re the plastic-wrapped, industrially-produced foods with long lists of ingredients that apparently make up 60% of the average UK diet.
In this episode of The Studies Show, Tom and Stuart tuck in to some “hyper-palatable” research on nutrition and health, discuss the main randomised trial in this area, and try (and immediately fail) to read out the whole definition of “ultra-processed foods” in one breath.
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The UN document giving all the details on the NOVA classification
Study rating people’s agreement on which foods are in which NOVA category
Stuart’s article on UPFs
Systematic review & meta-analysis on the UPF correlation with premature death
The NIH randomised controlled trial of UPFs versus unprocessed foods
Page with details on Stephan Guyenet’s book, The Hungry Brain
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