Trust The Science? American Health Experts Claim There's "No Link" Between Ultra-Processed Foods And Obesity

In a new report, 20 "top dietitians" elected by the Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture found "limited" evidence that ultra-processed foods are linked to obesity.

By Carmen Schober1 min read
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Last week the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released a “bombshell” report alleging that ultra-processed foods (UPF) cannot be causally linked to obesity and that the studies stating otherwise have been “biased.”

The results of these findings from 20 nutrition experts from across the country who are elected by government officials will inform nutrition labels and public health recommendations for food in the United States starting in 2026 until 2031.

However, after stating that there isn't a link, the report also states that because there isn't a consensus regarding the definition of “ultra-processed,” more research needs to be done before they can offer conclusive guidelines on processed foods.

For example, soda is currently in the same category of "ultra-processed" as multigrain bread, and the experts say this distorts claims about what is and isn't good for your health because some processed foods can be nutritionally beneficial in the form of fiber, vitamins, or protein.

While it's true that ultra-processed foods can have some nutritional value (although it's usually very minimal), it's also true that non-processed foods are a much better source of nutritional value, and they don't come with added sugars and flavors designed to make them more addictive.

This, combined with the fact that we have mounting evidence linking ultra-processed food to overeating, health problems, and early death, all point to a clear problem with these foods that the DGAC is trying to downplay.

Using this kind of deceptive rhetoric to avoid labeling certain foods as ultra-processed suggests these experts might be more interested in protecting the companies that profit heavily from these highly addictive foods rather than protecting Americans' health.

As of now, only segments of the report have been made available online, but it's already drawing heavy criticism.

Many are pointing out how the report is reminiscent of other “scientific findings” that fly in the face of actual science and defy common sense, such as the convoluted claims surrounding social distancing and the COVID-19 vaccine, or those who insist males have no athletic advantages over females.

The increased politicization of science has many wondering when these "experts" will finally put the truth over their agendas because their misinformation comes with a real cost.

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