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The consumption of ultra-processed foods has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. Supermarket shelves and food and beverage advertisements on television encourage consumption. At the same time, health authorities and nutrition specialists continue to warn of the danger of basing a diet on products whose consumption should not be more than occasional. However, and despite its health risks, 20% of the food consumed is ultra-processed. And among the best-selling foods in the country, 64% corresponds to this type of product.
It is necessary to know what ultra-processed foods are and how to distinguish them. Also why it is important to eliminate them from your diet. And so, start taking real steps towards a healthy and balanced diet that helps you prevent health problems, contributes to improving your physical shape and your well-being.
What are ultra-processed foods?
This is the name given to those foods that have gone through an industrial process that involves a great transformation. They also contain several ingredients, some of them clearly unhealthy. And they contain a high percentage of elements that are considered anti-nutrients such as high levels of sugars, trans fats or a cocktail of chemicals that an average consumer rarely knows how to recognize.
Difference between processed and ultra-processed foods
The main difference is that in processed foods the raw material is distinguished and not in the ultra-processed.
Processed vegetables are, for example, frozen vegetables, jars of cooked legumes or bags of salad vegetables that are already cleaned and ready to eat. And what are the most popular ultra-processed foods? Cookies, industrial pastries, industrial pizzas, cold cuts such as chopped or mortadella or soft drinks are some of them.