Ultra-Processed Fake Food Commonplace in U.S. Grocery Stores: Study – Chemical Free Life
Much of the food from U.S. grocery stores is not just processed, it is “ultra” processed according to a new study. The food that U.S. consumers have available is far more ultra-processed than consumers in other western industrialized countries like Australia. Since 80% of total calorie consumption of the average U.S. consumer comes from store-bought foods and beverages, the fact that so much of the food on U.S. grocery store shelves is “ultra-processed” is a public health concern.
Using crowd-sourced data and the NOVA Food Classification system researchers analyzed 230,156 products from grocery stores across the U.S. They found an alarming 71% of products such as bread, salad dressings, snack foods, sweets, sugary drinks and other items were ultra-processed. Among the top 25 manufacturers by sales volume, 86% of products were classified as ultra-processed.
Why you should care
Why should it matter that so much of the ‘food’ in the U.S. is highly processed? The reason is because highly processed or ‘ultra-processed’ foods are not real food at all, but industrial formulations made entirely or mostly from substances like hydrogenated fats, modified starch and synthetic and industrialized chemical additives (preservatives, dyes, flavorings, emulsifiers, etc.). In short, this fake food is lacking in what our bodies need most: nutrition.