thought that would be a cheerful December Post! 😉

With our challenge coming in January, this is quite timely.

An interesting article in Newsweek about the effects of Ultra Processed and weight change and illness in the American population. This is of course true for Canadians as well. Something I did not know was that tobacco companies bought food companies in the US. That’s a scary thought right there!

It’s a long read but well worth it.

A quote from the article:

“We’ve gotten really good at stripping out and refining and processing sugars and fats into these really potent vehicles, and they’ve gotten cheaper to make,” says Ashley Gearhardt, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan who studies food and addiction. “Then we combine them into totally novel food products that are so much more rewarding than anything our brains ever evolved to handle. That’s why so many of us can’t stop eating them.”

and another one:

“We have now the accumulated evidence, particularly in the last five years, that people who eat more ultra-processed foods have higher risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, depression, cancer, renal and liver diseases,” says Marion Nestle, a professor emerita of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “The studies have been overwhelming. There’ve been hundreds and hundreds of them. There’s no doubt that this is not a good thing. It is a problem.”

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