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Food that kills us: the list

A recently published study showed alarming statistics: eating large amounts of ultra-processed foods can shorten your life. What exactly “ultra-processed food” means, CNN journalists figured out.

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Food products that have undergone minimal processing retain a large part of their inherent nutritional properties. For example, washed fruits, vegetables, salads and roasted nuts. Along with them, frozen vegetables and fruits retain their beneficial properties. They are good for health and saturate our body with essential nutrients.

Other minimally processed foods - and therefore healthy - are sauces and condiments, as well as cereals, crackers, nut butters, yogurt, and milk fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

Processed processed foods, also known as “convenience foods,” cause the most problems. They are compounds of salt, sugar, oils and fats, as well as flavors, dyes and other additives.

Ultra-processed foods are industrial formulations that typically contain five or more ingredients and may contain, for example, hydrogenated oils, colors, or flavor enhancers not found in other processed foods.

The source of this food category is the NOVA Food Grading System, a tool for nutrition and public health research. The system classifies products according to the nature, degree and purpose of processing. Here is a list of some common ultra-processed foods:

  • Carbonated drinks
  • Sweet or savory snacks
  • Ice cream
  • Candy (confectionery)
  • Margarines and spreads
  • Cookies, cakes and pies
  • Cereal Bars
  • "Fruit" drinks
  • Cocoa drinks
  • Meat and Chicken Extracts
  • Health and weight loss products, such as powdered or fortified foods
  • Ready-made cakes, pasta and pizza
  • Sausages
  • Burgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Powdered and packed soups, noodles and instant desserts

According to NOVA reports, "The formulation and ingredients of these products make them very convenient (ready-to-eat), extremely attractive (delicious), highly profitable (inexpensive ingredients) and - very importantly - very competitive with the foods that need to be prepared."

If you have products from this list, remember that you can use them in moderation if you want to live a longer and healthier life.

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