What does processed food really cost?

Some will say processed food is cheaper. Is it?

U.S. food business grossed $1 trillion

$450 billion in profit

$2 billion in marketing to children

 

U.S. health care costs $2.7 Trillion

75% of which is chronic metabolic disease

75% of which is preventable & diet related

 

$1.4 trillion is wasted

We lose triple what the food industry makes.

Some Facts about Processed Food

From "Ultra-processed foods and added sugars in the US diet: evidence from a nationally representative cross-sectional study".

  • Americans consume 58% of their calories as ultra-processed foods. 
  • Ultra-processed foods are the source of 90% of added sugars in the US diet.
  • 60% of Americans consume more 10% of their calories as added sugars 
  • The average American consumes 292 calories of added sugar/day
  • Only those in the lowest quintile of ultra-processed food consumption actually meet the recommendation of <10% of calories from added sugars.
  • "Decreasing the consumption of ultra- processed foods could be an effective way of reducing the excessive intake of added sugars in the USA."
References
  • Cutting costs on fruits and vegetables could save thousands of lives each year
  • Ultra-processed foods and added sugars in the US diet: evidence from a nationally representative cross-sectional study
  • Processed Food: An experiment that failed

 


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