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What is the best definition of an UPF (Ultra Processed Food) ?

The easiest answer is:

Look at the ingredients and if any of the items can't be found in a normal family kitchen, then its an UPF.

The following questions and answers are taken from a Zoe Science & Nutrition Podcast. The Zoe Programme is highly recommended and tries to communicate a simple understanding of many of the health issues facing our world today.

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Here are a few basic questions, answers and horrifying facts.

  • Do UPF's cause obesity ? YES and its responsible for pandemic obesity.

  • Can UPF re-wire your brain? YES

  • How many of our calories in the UK come from UPF? Close to 60%, but 80% in children !

  • Is science now understanding how UPF damages our health? YES

  • Can we undo to damage from UPF if we stop eating it? YES

  • Can UPF ever be healthy? NO

  • Does nutrition underpin early death? YES

  • Are UPF's as addictive as nicotine, drugs and alcohol? YES

  • Is the gut microbiome key to our health? YES

3 Significant changes to help undo the damage of UPF's.

Starting eating more plants

Start eating with greater diversity, eg eating by colours

Start eating and drinking more fermented foods

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Scroll down 'more.....' and you can dabble about and listen to those parts that interest you most.

I hope this will help in a little way.

William Shotton


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