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Nearly 70% of US Kids’ Calories Come From Ultraprocessed Foods

A new study of the eating habits of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 years old shows that 67% of what they eat is not “real” food at all, but just packaged, flavored, sugared and salt- and carbohydrate-filled ultraprocessed foods. Although the numbers in 1999 weren’t that much better at 61%, it still wasn’t as bad as it is now. “The largest increase in caloric intake from ultra-processed foods was from ready-to-eat and frozen foods, which sprung from 2.2% to 11.2% of...

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