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Identifying Ultra-Processed Foods



Ultra-processed foods are those that contain substances extracted from other foods, such as fats, starches, added sugars, and hydrogenated fats. They may also contain synthetic additives like artificial colours, flavours, or stabilizers.


A helpful way to identify an ultra-processed product is to check if its list of ingredients contains items characteristic of the ultra-processed food group. Yet, you can use this checklist to identify them faster: 


  • Does it list salt or sugar as the second ingredient in a long list of unrecognizable ingredients? 

  • Does it contain high-fructose corn syrup?

  • Does it contain hydrogenated or interesterified oils? 

  • Does it have aggressive branding and marketing throughout the store? 

  • Does it contain additives designed to make the final product palatable or more appealing (such as flavours, flavour enhancers, colours, emulsifiers, emulsifying salts, sweeteners, thickeners, and anti-foaming, bulking, carbonating, foaming, gelling, and glazing agents)? 


 

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