Good luck on avoiding processed foods

NEW YORK (AP) ? Chips, soda and frozen pizzas tend to be full of salt, sugar and fat, but now scientists are trying to understand if there's something else about such processed foods that might be bad for us. Already, the spread of cheap, packaged foods has been linked to rising obesity rates around the world. Yet advice to limit processed foods can seem unhelpful, given how convenient they are and the growing array of products that fall into the category. While three recent studies offer more clues on how our increasingly industrialized food supply may be affecting our health, they also underscore how difficult nutrition science and advice can be. Here's what they say.

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  1. I made an interesting error the first time I read this. My initial reaction was that one can straightforwardly avoid processed foods by buying unprocessed foods and cooking like our ancestors. Generally, any supermarket stocks what your grandmother bought. (And a large majority of people can effectively buy from a supermarket.) But that takes more time and work and often more money than eating processed foods.

    But really, the title isn’t about acquiring non-processed foods, it’s about *avoiding* processed foods. Which is about the not-entirely-stated but largely-true fact that if processed foods are around, it’s really hard to avoid eating them. And that since such foods are optimized for tastiness, pretty much wherever there are humans, there will be people selling them processed foods at low prices.

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