Many thanks to Mary Lee from Evergreen Community Health Centre for sending in this thoughtful article on processed foods and public health. Here is an exerpt:
"The most important factor now, when considering food, nutrition and public health, is not nutrients, and is not foods, so much as what is done to foodstuffs and the nutrients originally contained in them, before they are purchased and consumed. That is to say, the big issue is food processing – or, to be more precise, the nature, extent and purpose of processing, and what happens to food and to us as a result of processing. Specifically, the public health issue is ‘ultra-processing’, as defined here. This is my basic proposal."
To read the full article, The Journal of the World Public Health Nutrition Association.