Food Processing and Your Health: Balancing Benefits and Risks

Understanding the levels and impacts of food processing can help you 
make the best choices for your health.

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There is a growing body of research suggesting high intake of processed foods is associated with various health problems, especially when those foods are highly—or ultra—processed. Many public health guidelines, from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to World Health Organization recommendations, encourage limiting intake of processed foods. But what, exactly, are processed foods? (See “What […]
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