Risk, non-communicable diseases and ultra-processed food
A Talk by Zandile Mchiza
School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape
About this talk
Ultra-processed foods are pervasive in Cape Town diets: cool drinks, fast food burgers, chips, chocolate bars, breakfast cereals and more. These are known to increase the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. But they are also highly profitable, marketed aggressively and distributed - and eaten - widely. How might reducing the dietary share of ultra-processed foods improve the nutritional quality of diets, health and well-being? What will it take to make this happen? What has the pandemic revealed about our food choices during crisis and what can this tell us about a way forward?<hr>
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