Eliminate or reformulate ultra-processed foods? Biological mechanisms matter

Cell Metab. 2021 Dec 7;33(12):2314-2315. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2021.10.005. Epub 2021 Oct 25.


Increased ultra-processed foods (UPFs) in the food supply have plausibly caused the rise in obesity prevalence and related chronic diseases. To address this public health concern, policies targeting reformulation or elimination of UPF categories will require improved understanding of the biological mechanisms whereby UPFs lead to overconsumption and poor health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • Diet*
  • Fast Foods* / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Obesity / etiology