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Letter: Unprocessed foods are more nutritious

Unprocessed foods are more nutritious

An article from the New York Times published in The News on April 23 incorrectly asserts that new formulations of processed foods are somehow health-promoting. The article reads like it was written by the public relations experts of Big Food, capitalizing on the confusion generated by faulty studies sponsored by the food industry and governmental and non-governmental organizations that are influenced by the food lobby.

The food industry manufactures and markets products that produce stimulation, not satisfaction, and may actually promote consumption by hijacking neural circuits in the brain. Rather than eat food made in a plant, Americans would be better off by eating mostly unprocessed plant foods. For more information, I refer readers to the Blue Zones project and the True Health Initiative.

Gary A. Giovino, Ph.D., M.S.

UB Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

East Aurora