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There are 4 comments on POV: Are All Ultra-Processed Foods Unhealthy?

  1. Nice article explaining the NOVA system classification and the problem you have with classifying healthy meal options under the ultra-processed category. What do you believe we should do to have the NOVA system classification modified so that healthy food options according to the HEI are considered in the NOVA system? Maybe the producers of these healthy food options that are categorized under the ultra-processed category should display the HEI score and promote that score so that Americans and citizens globally can make healthier eating habits.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I think we need to re-evaluate the foods in the ultra processed food category based on their diet quality, not just how they were processed. There are many affordable, healthy foods in this category that can be eaten to maintain good health especially on a tight food budget.

  2. As a type 2 diabetic, I would like to add that healthy eating is all about moderation. A highly-processed food on occasion (a couple of times a month) does not adversely impact my A1C. Also, it helps to look at foods from a holistic point of view. For instance, an ear of sweet corn is generally considered healthy. That said, at 17 carbs it’s not a great addition to a meal several times a week.

    Great article! I appreciate the holistic perspective from a nutritionist. Unfortunately there is so much (mis) information out there that confusion can reign when it comes to healthy eating.

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