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Processed Food: An Experiment That Failed

Anyone who follows the work of Dr. Robert Lustig knows he has been talking about the health issues related to processed food for years. Just enter “Robert Lustig” and “Processed Food” into your search engine and you will find many references to his advocacy efforts in this area of metabolic health and nutrition. Is processed food an experiment that failed? Processed food, alias “Big Food” uses propaganda and misinformation to addict millions to foods that destroy their health. Read, view and learn from the resources posted here, and decide for yourself.

“Many industries have marketed dangerous products to unsuspecting consumers, but no industry has provided more disinformation than the processed food industry. And no ingredient has fueled more morbidity, mortality, and economic havoc than sugar.” 
Read: Big Food’s Poisonous Propaganda

Here is excerpt from Dr. Lustig’s paper in JAMA Pediatrics – Viewpoint: Processed Food: An Experiment That Failed

“Those of us who have participated in science know that 9 of every 10 experiments are failures. Now imagine that the last 50 years has been a grand clinical research experiment, with the American population as unwitting participants, conducted by 10 principal investigators—Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Kraft, Unilever, General Mills, Nestlé, Mars, Kellogg, Proctor & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson. In 1965, these corporations posed the hypothesis that processed food is better than real food. To determine if the experiment was a success or a failure, we have to examine the outcome variables. In this case, there are 4: food consumption, health/disease, environment, and cash flow, divided into companies, consumers, and society.” 
Here are two key presentations by Dr. Lustig at Stanford and the international Eat Forum:


Two new resources now exist that provide a stronger understanding of processed food from a scientific perspective: 

  1. Establishment of NOVA Food Classification framework, developed by team at University of San Paulo under the leadership of Professor Carlos Monteiro)
  2. Processed Food Addiction: Foundation, Assessment & Recovery by Joan Ifland, PhD



Food Addiction: resource page

Nutrition Education


Promoting Healthy Diets Through Nutrition Education and Changes in the Food Environment; an International Review of Actions and their Effectiveness