Processed foods under the spotlight

The topic of processed foods, including ultra-processed foods, has received a lot of attention in recent years and is a hotly debated area of nutrition. But what are they and should we be concerned?

Extending shelf-life, improving palatability and fortification are just a few examples of why food is processed. In reality, most foods that we buy are processed to some degree. Some products classed as processed foods may have a more detrimental impact on health if they commonly form a large a part of the diet, whilst other provide a great source of nutrients. Like so many areas of nutrition, this is not a straight forward issue. Join us for our next @AfNutr twitter chat where we will delve deeper into this hot topic.

Our next Twitter chat, on Tuesday, 19th October at 8pm (UK time), has six open questions that allow us to discuss and share the evidence on processed foods. Remember to use #NutrProcessed on every tweet, always start your tweet with A1, A2, A3 etc. If you need any advice on taking part in a Twitter chat then see our Tips for Tweeting.

Here are the questions:

Q1: What is processed food? Is this different from ultra-processed food?

Q2: What is the evidence around processed foods and health?

Q3: Is there a practical role for processed foods in a healthy diet?

Q4: How can food processing change the nutritional quality of certain foods?

Q5: How can we improve the profile of processed food to support public health?

Q6: How can we make informed decisions regarding processed foods?

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