Uh-oh: Ultra-processed foods—MORE bad news

Why does it take modern medicine so long to reach conclusions that you and I have known for decades?

I have to think that, somehow, these institutes are all in cahoots with Big Food and Big Pharma in an attempt to keep us unwell…

That is, until someone else catches on (but not before making billions of dollars).

Okay, I know I’m being cynical. But the results of a new study really got me going…

Because why is it EVER any surprise that ultra-processed foods (UPFs) are BAD NEWS for our health?

Here’s their latest “discovery”…

Poison in disguise

According to a meta-analysis, adults who eat a diet high in UPFs have a whopping 47 percent increased risk of suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

(IBD is an umbrella term for two gastrointestinal [GI] conditions—Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—caused by chronic inflammation of the GI tract.)

And get this sobering fact…

Americans consume over 60 percent of their calories from UPFs.

Hmm… now I know why many of my new patients come to see me! Because I get them OFF this crap and they feel remarkably better—no more diarrhea, constipation, queasy stomach, hunger pangs, medications for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and more…

All by changing out man-made poison disguised as food in your local grocery store.

You get what you pay for

Let me put this in perspective for you…

If any nutritional supplement even came close to causing as much disease as UPFs, it would be YANKED off the shelves immediately. Yet, Big Food can’t produce this garbage FAST enough.

Meanwhile, scientists (being scientists) are just arguing over what exactly is in these UPFs that drives the relationship between them and IBD.

Oh, let me take a stab at that one: Could it be the sugar content, the added sugars, the excess sodium, damaged fats, emulsifiers, and/or the assortment of unpronounceable chemicals that are added for flavor, color, or texture?

The bottom line? NONE of those things should be a part of anyone’s diet—EVER—so, does it really matter the culprit!?

While UPFs may be cheap, tasty, and oh-so-readily available, just remember that you get what you pay for. And that is NOT a risk I’m willing to take with my health. (I certainly hope it’s not one you want to take, either.)

Instead, adopt a healthy, balanced diet—like my very own A-List Diet—full of WHOLE food options… like grass-fed and -finished meat, wild-caught fish and seafood, organic produce, nuts, eggs, and more. In other words, shop the perimeter of the grocery store, as UPFs line all those shelves in the center aisles.


“New study ties ultra-processed foods to IBD.” MDedge, 10/26/2023. (mdedge.com/gihepnews/article/266168/ibd-intestinal-disorders/new-study-ties-ultra-processed-foods-ibd)