A new global report shows that ultra processed food products now make up over HALF of all UK family food purchases.
Research by global nutrition experts has revealed that UK families buy more ultra processed food than any others in Europe, amounting to 50.7% of the diet, causing a deep concern over links with obesity and poor health.
Cheap ingredients are used on a big scale to make these low cost products, often with very sweet or salty flavours, and with high fat and sugar content, designed to make us want more but with a very low nutritional value.
Professor Carlos Monteiro from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, who led the research team, says that the two main problems are that people are missing out on vital vitamins and minerals, and also bioactive compounds found in natural foods.
The lead researchers in the government-funded obesity research policy unit agree that we should try to reduce our reliance on ultra-processed foods. To read more, see the full article here.