Ultra-Processed Foods are the True Killers

By Ted

Everyday we read about the evils of processed foods, but it’s really the ultra-processed food that we need to be concerned about.

Processed foods with 1 to 3 ingredients aren’t likely to cause harm, it’s the products with 10 to 20+ that should cause alarm.

Michael Pollan and Michael Moss Give us an interesting tour of the grocery store in this video.

Pretty crazy that yogurt companies have to compete to put the most sugar in their products! I guess unless we work in the food industry, we have no idea how cutthroat it really is.

I will occasionally eat ultra-processed food, but as a general rule I try to avoid it 99% of the time. It is difficult for many since so much of the supermarket is full of this type of food.

Do you eat ultra processed foods? What strategies do you use to avoid it?

8 Comments

  1. Oola

    I do sometimes eat processed, even ultra, but the sometimes is decreasing year by year. I just buy less and less food in printed packages, unless it’s dairy or nut milks, whole grains, frozen freggies, or sauces/dressings that have only a few ingredients. I don’t count meat in its packages; it’s not covered in print. I got away from what I call particle foods, foods that are made mostly of particles of original food, like just about all snack foods and many baked grains. Sure, I have some, but I also cook grains and freeze them so I have alternatives to bread much of the time.

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  2. TonyK

    Highly processed foods are bad, but the true killer is over-eating. Processed foods do play a role in a person’s tendency to eat too much, but IMO, there are countless other factors that play more salient roles our tendency to gravitate towards getting fat.

    Also, to pick up a cup of yogurt and to say that it has more sugar than soda is not an apples to apples comparison.

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    • Ted

      That’s true 4 or 5 oreos never killed anyone, it’s eating half the pack in one sitting that eventually does.

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  3. Linda K. Lester

    I’ve been working on eliminating processed foods for about a couple months now. I’m doing it in stages to avoid being overwhelmed. Basically, I address each food as I run out of it. I didn’t do a massive cleanout of my fridge and pantry, but I’m also not buying any more salad dressing, pancake mix, canned soups, etc, once I run out. This gives me time to consider how to deal with each one: what can I replace it with, can I make it myself, or can I live without it? It’s a process.

    I’ll never completely give up chocolate and a few other essentials, but my ultimate goal is that eating anything processed is a seldom occurrence for me.

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    • Ted

      That sounds like a great strategy Linda and a very financially sensible plan as well. It’s crazy the amount of ingredients that are n simple things like pancake mix, right?

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  4. Kelly

    We’re all creatures of habit. So if you slowly modify your choices in the direction of your goals (not eating ultra processed foods) then not eating ultra processed foods becomes your normal. I love fruit – it’s ‘nature’s candy’! But I also eat traditional candy too – just do everything in moderation. This way you don’t feel deprived or guilty.

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  5. Spectra

    I will admit, I do eat one handful of sugary breakfast cereal for dessert most nights. However–I don’t eat any other hyper-processed foods for the most part. About 90% of my diet is unprocessed foods, so I think I’m doing okay for the most part.

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    • Ted

      I would agree, the important part is that the majority of your diet isn’t processed. Most Americans would be reversed. 90% processed and 10% fresh… pretty sad and scary for our already struggling health system.

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