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The Notorious UPF: what is ultra-processed food and how does it affect our health?

The Notorious UPF: what is ultra-processed food and how does it affect our health?

Close to half of the calories eaten by Australians each day come from ultra-processed foods. New research from our team at the Food & Mood Centre has linked these foods to poor health and early death. But what are ultra-processed foods and why should we pay more attention to them for the sake of our health? What are ultra-processed foods? In 2009, a food classification system known as ‘NOVA’ defined ultra-processed foods as “industrial formulations generated through compounds extracted, derived or synthesised from food or food substrates, containing five or more ingredients and artificial additives, with no wholefood components”. Put simply, these foods are made in factori...