British toddlers’ diet among worst in world, experts warn
Oh, why’s that then?
British toddlers have one of the worst diets in the world, experts have warned, with the majority of calories coming from foods which have been linked to a host of health problems.
Research has already linked ultra-processed children’s foods
So, someone’s decided that ultraprocessed foods are bad. So, diets high in ultraprocessed foods are bad, M’Kay?
And that’s it, there is no more proof. Either of ultraprocessed being bad or of the British diet being bad. Simply by inventing the designation and definition they have now, TraLa! been able to so insist.
Ultra-processed foods, also referred to as ultra-processed food products (UPP), are food and drink products that have undergone specified types of food processing, usually by transnational and other very large ‘Big food’ corporations. These foods are designed to be “convenient, eaten on the go, hyperpalatable and appealing to consumers, and, most importantly, the most profitable segment of Big food companies’ portfolios because of these foods’ low-cost ingredients”.
It’s the profit, transnational and Big Food that is really being complained about, not the food at all.
The concept of ultra-processed food was initially developed and the term coined by the Brazilian nutrition researcher Carlos Monteiro, with his team at the Center for Epidemiological Research in Nutrition and Health (NUPENS) at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. They argue that “the issue is not food, nor nutrients, so much as processing,” and “from the point of view of human health, at present, the most salient division of food and drinks is in terms of their type, degree, and purpose of processing.
The problem is that at least two of the basic South American starches would/could qualify as being ultraprocessed. Manioc:
The Brazilian farinha, and the related garri of West Africa, is an edible coarse flour obtained by grating cassava roots, pressing moisture off the obtained grated pulp, and finally drying it (and roasting both in the case of farinha and garri).
And if you don’t process maize with lime then there’s that potential problem with pellagra – thus tacos and associated maize flatbreads could well be ultraprocessed.
But of course they’re not so counted, meaning that it’s not actually food processing that is being complained about. It’s that for profit, Big Food, transnational, stuff that is.