The Ultimate in Ultra-Processed

With its texture, shape, and additives, many people eye American Cheese—an iconic symbol of processed foods—with suspicion. But its role in food processing earned it a slot as one of our more eyebrow-raising 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health.
 
Originally, food processing was developed to make food safer—not beat out any semblance of the original. Now, more than half of the calories consumed by Americans come from ultra-processed foods—which can contain hidden sugars and could be contributing to obesity and other problems.
 
Check GHN every Wednesday for an up-close look at one of the objects that made the list published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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