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The Nova System

The Nova System

Dr. Carlos Monteiro published a list of four different categories of food, according to how it is processed. This list, known as the Nova System, became a well-known guideline towards eating healthier:

  • Unprocessed or minimally processed foods, like fruits and vegetables, a steak, and dry fruit,
  • Processed culinary ingredients like butter, salt, sugar, oil, and flour.
  • Processed foods like canned tomato juice, pickles, smoked fish, and traditionally-made bread.
  • Ultra-processed foods like cereal bars, turkey hot dog, sausage rolls, Oreo cookies.

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Ultra-processed foods like white bread, cereal, chips, and wafers are remarkably common, convenient, affordable, extremely profitable for the makers, come in strong flavors and are aggressively marketed.

These 'ultra-processed' foods are low on essential nutrients while being high in suga...

Most cooked foods can be termed as 'processed foods', but ultra-processed foods are in a different domain, with few people having the clarity to differentiate.

A cooked carrot is processed food, but a bag of industrially-produced, carrot-flavored veggie puffs are ultra-processed and are ...

We consume ultra-processed foods every day without even realizing it.

  • The morning cereal and flavored yogurt.
  • The savory snacks and sweet baked goods.
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An extensive study in 2018 proved that an ultra-processed diet was responsible for substantial weight gain among participants, as well as 'hunger hormones' remaining activated even after eating.

As developing countries rely on cheap, tasty food to sustain themselves, ultra-processed food co...

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