Following on from our webinar on ’Ultra-processed foods and heart health’, we’ve pulled together some of the key resources and references discussed within the webinar. If you missed the live webinar, you can register to watch the recording.


Ultra-processed Foods – Evidence Review (2022). Soil Association. A summary of the evidence of ultra-processed food

Ultra-processed Planet. Soil Association . The impact of ultra-processed diets on climate, nature and health (and what to do about it)Ultra-processed planet report from the soil assocation

Cardiovascular disease prevention (2021). National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE public health guidance (PH25)

Processed Foods (2021). British Dietetic Association (BDA). Position Statement

Sugar reduction programme: industry progress 2015 to 2020 (2022). Office for Health Improvement and Disparities. Progress report on the sugar reduction programme between 2015 and 2020 for the food industry and public health bodies


Ultra-processed food consumption and risk of obesity: a prospective cohort study of UK Biobank (2021). Rauber et al. Study finding that higher consumption of ultra-processed food was strongly associated with a higher risk of multiple indicators of obesity in the UK adult population

Trends in food consumption according to the degree of food processing among the UK population over 11 years (2022). Mariana, et al. Study exploring the trend in food consumption considering the degree of food processing


Ultra-Processed Foods and Nutritional Dietary Profile: A Meta-Analysis of Nationally Representative Samples (2021). Martini et al. Study indicating that increased UPF consumption negatively affects the nutritional quality of diets

The burden of excessive saturated fatty acid intake attributed to ultra-processed food consumption: a study conducted with nationally representative cross-sectional studies from eight countries (2021). Steele et al. Lowering the dietary contribution of ultra-processed foods to attainable, context-specific levels was shown to be a potentially effective way to reduce the percentage of intakes with excessive saturated fatty acids

Ultra-processed food intake and risk of cardiovascular disease:
prospective cohort study (NutriNet-Santé) (2019). In this large observational prospective study, higher consumption of ultra-processed foods was
associated with higher risks of cardiovascular, coronary heart, and cerebrovascular diseases

Ultra-Processed Diets Cause Excess Calorie Intake and Weight Gain: An Inpatient Randomized Controlled Trial of Ad Libitum Food Intake (2019). Hall et al. Limiting consumption of ultra-processed foods may be an effective strategy for obesity prevention and treatment

Ultra-processed foods: what they are and how to identify them (2019). Monteiro et al. Includes definitions and the role of NOVA

Ultra-processed Foods and Cardiovascular Diseases: Potential Mechanisms of Action (2021). Jual et al. This review summarizes the current evidence on the putative biological mechanisms underlying the associations between ultra-processed foods and CVD



Perspectives on processed foods. British Nutrition Foundation. Includes FAQs on processed foods, Studies suggest link between ‘ultra-processed’ foods, cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality, Response to the documentary ‘What are we feeding our kids?’ and British Nutrition Foundation survey reveals confusion about ultra-processed foods

Eating Processed Foods (2021). NHS. FAQs on Ultra-processed foods

Processed foods – overly broad and ill-definedBDA. 


@hellohealthy_you (Instagram) and @HelloHealthyYou (Twitter) for Jenny Rosborough, RNutr, Head  Nutrition, Jamie Oliver Ltd

@heartukcharity (Instagram) and @heartukcharity (Twitter) for HEART UK Charity

@dietlg (Twitter) for Lynne Garton

@soilassociation (Instagram) and @SoilAssociation (Twitter) for the Soil Association


UPFS or HFSS? (2023). Journal Club with Dr Duane Mellor discussing whether ultra-processed foods are worse for our health vs the fat, sugar and salt they contain

Future Proofing Heart Health: The Role of LDL Cholesterol & Diet (2021). Webinar with Alan Flanagan on LDL cholesterol and health and supporting resource blog

All Things Diet and Heart Health (2021) – webinar with Dr Wendy Hall and RD Juliette Kellow covering the dietary aspects of heart health and supporting resource blog

Cardiometabolic Series– Part 1 (2020), A webinar with Professor Bruce Griffin and Professor David Jenkins discussing the types of dietary patterns impacting on cardiometabolic health

Cardiometabolic Series – Part 2 (2020), Part 2 of the series