Processed Foods – Getting Back to The Basics

Osman Mohamed Elfadil, Jalpan Patel, Ishani Patel, Matthew W. Ewy, Ryan T. Hurt, Manpreet S. Mundi

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Purpose of Review: Real-world data suggested that more than half of daily energy intake is coming from processed and ultra-processed foods in most western countries. This high consumption of processed foods is of concern, given laboratory and epidemiological studies’ findings that prove overwhelming harms of processed foods on human health. Recent Findings: Data demonstrate that consumption of processed foods is increasing with more reports linking ultra-processed foods to various medical conditions; namely, obesity, metabolic syndrome, atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases, and certain types of cancer. Scientific community’s understanding of the mechanisms and substances by which processed foods are affecting human health is expanding. Holistic approach to the current critical situation is advisable and requires collaborative public health strategies. Summary: The current review describes recent classification of processed foods and highlights the pertinent findings in the relationship between processed foods and health. It also outlines key clinical data relevant to the topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20
JournalCurrent gastroenterology reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Additives
  • Foods
  • Processed food
  • Ultra-processed foods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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