Ultra-processed foods & heart health

The role of NOVA

Jenny Rosborough, RNutr

Wednesday 15 February 2023 20:00–21:00 GMT

Ultra-processed foods & heart health

The role of NOVA

Jenny Rosborough, RNutr

Wednesday 15 February 2023 20:00–21:00 GMT





This webinar has been approved for CPD by the AfN

This will address a subject that has received a lot of media attention in recent years. Therefore this will enable attendees to refresh their knowledge on an area where personal opinions can be very vocal and take attention away from the evidence base. This will thus help registrants when talking to clients, employers and the public about this subject.

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A growing pool of evidence links the consumption of ultra-processed foods (UPFs) to poor health outcomes, including heart health. But how are UPFs categorised and how does it differ to other food classification systems? This webinar will explore the impact of UPFs on health and the role of the NOVA classification system.

Research has repeatedly shown a link between the consumption of UPFs and poor health outcomes, but some critics have highlighted limitations in some of the classifications of UPFs such as the inclusion of plant-based alternatives to milk, yoghurt and meat.

The NOVA classification system was developed by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil as a method of categorising foods by the level of processing, from unprocessed or minimally processed, such as whole fruits and vegetables, to ultra-processed such as ready-meals, biscuits, and burgers.

In this webinar, Registered Public Health Nutritionist, Jenny Rosborough, will discuss the impact of UPFs on heart health, the role of the NOVA classification system and what this might mean for product reformulation and health improvement policy design.

This webinar covers:

  • What UPFs are and their impact on health
  • Strengths and limitations of the NOVA classification system
  • Potential implications for reformulation and policy development

Watch this webinar to:

Gain understanding of
  • What ultra-processed foods are and the NOVA classification system
  • The link between ultra-processed foods and poor health outcomes
  • What the evidence so far indicates about how ultra-processed foods impact our heart and overall health
Be aware of
  • The potential role of ultra-processed foods when it comes to designing policies to improve health
  • The role of reformulating ultra-processed foods
  • Limitations of using the NOVA classification system for some foods/products
Be able to
  • Define and identify what ultra-processed foods are
  • Critique the use of the NOVA classification system
  • Give balanced advice on the impact of high intakes of ultra-processed foods on heart and overall health

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Expert speaker

Jenny Rosborough, RNutr
Registered Nutritionist, Head of Nutrition at the Jamie Oliver Group


Jenny is Head of Nutrition at the Jamie Oliver Group and is particularly passionate about improving the food environment through policy change. She is on The Global Food Security Programme’s Strategy Advisory Board, Bite Back 2030’s Impact Advisory Board and works across a number of consultancy projects, most recently with The Food Foundation. Jenny was previously Campaign Manager at Action on Sugar and developed MEND (child weight management) programmes. She has an MSc in Nutrition from Kings College London and is registered with the Association for Nutrition.

Melissa Mogor


Lynne Garton RD
Dietetic Adviser at HEART UK


Lynne is a Registered Dietitian, who having worked both in the NHS and industry is now a Dietetic Consultant. In this capacity she is Dietetic Adviser for HEART UK, the cholesterol charity, where she provides advice and support on all dietary matters related to heart health and lipid management.

Melissa Mogor


Rosie Long
Nutrition Marketing Lead, Registered Associate Nutritionist, MyNutriWeb


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This webinar is being run in association with HEART UK

Heart UK The Cholesterol Charity


HEART UK is the UK’s only cholesterol charity, providing support, information and influencing services for families and health professionals.
You can find exclusive materials for health professionals including upcoming events, learning resources, research updates and the latest guidelines on lipid conditions by signing up to the monthly HEART UK Health Professional e-newletter.

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