Processed foods are engineered for maximum pleasure at a meagre cost. Each bite melts resistance, heightens pleasure and leaves us in the helpless embrace of the cold, heartless processed food industry.

We all know whole natural foods are good for our body; they act as medicine rejuvenating every cell. We also know processed foods wreak havoc on our body while anesthetizing the senses to the pains of its destruction. 

On the rise is ultra-processed food, whereby foods are engineered to a degree where resistance is futile, particularly if you happen to be emotionally immature.

I was in shock, reading the latest research on the effects of ultra-processed foods on the human body and how the processed food industry is manipulating its food to meet food guidelines at the expense of our health.


Research Into Ultra Processed Food


Two research studies from Spain and France published in the British Medical Journal (The BMJ) May 2019, provide evidence linking the consumption of ultra-processed food to the increased risk for metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of disorders that occur together increasing the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Further, a study published on Science Direct (16 May 2019) showed participants ate more ultra-processed food and gained weight compared to the participants eating unprocessed food.  Both diets were matched for calories, sugar, fat, fibre and macro-nutrients.

Below is a graphical abstract from the study (Ad Libitum means as often as you like):



The research clearly shows ultra-processed food is killing our self control as it removes the natural “STOP EATING” mechanism inherent in natural, unprocessed whole foods.

More disturbing is companies producing ultra-processed foods are targeting children, who are emotionally unprepared for the onslaught to their developing hormonal system thereby compromising their ability to self regulate.


Beware The Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing


Deakin University nutrition expert Professor Mark Lawrence, comments on the flaws to Australia’s Health Star Rating system.

Australia’s Health Star Rating system was designed to help people make better choices when comparing similar processed foods. 

The problem is; the health rating ignores the product and focuses on the nutrient content. It means companies like Coca-Cola can get a 5-star rating by merely adding nutrients to their products. “It’s giving (processed foods) a healthy halo,” Explains Professor Lawrence.

I believe the solution to healthy eating is (…drum roll…) common sense.  For example, the calcium content in a glass of whole milk will serve the body better in building strong bones than an ultra-processed milk drink of Milo with a 4.5-star rating.   Processed milk drinks overstimulate the body’s pleasure senses, destroying its ability to self regulate.


“Like” Is Not An End Game


“Likes” may drive social media, however, they must not drive nourishing the human body. The body needs nutrients in the form of whole foods to correctly process it for health and well-being.

“Like” unfortunately is not a nutrient and processed foods are designed for likes not health! Healthy does not come in a packet, it’s grown by Mother Nature and needs to be processed by chewing with your own mouth.

We are all looking for health and happiness; please don’t be fooled into thinking it’s in the fleeting pleasure of consuming likes.

Happy ever after isn’t the fairy tale’s end, it’s the start of an adventure without struggle going forward into life with love and happiness.

If you see your future with endless possibilities, then you must also know it requires a strong and robust body. There are no short cuts or secrets; the magic is in a diet of whole natural foods and daily exercise.

The WELLth program is for people like us who believe the body can heal its self given natural foods and daily exercise. The link below will take you to your free WELLth trial offer – join us today for your happy and healthy ever-after. 


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Written by Anna: Nutritionist and Exercise Therapist