I I am not usually a gambler, but some time ago, I had bet with a dietitian friend about a study conducted on ultra-processed foods. Last week, the results were published. I lost by an embarrassing distance.

I have never been a fan of the term "ultra-processed foods", developed by a group of Brazilian researchers, who describes almost all manufactured food products as things to avoid. My point of view has always been that the safety of a food is defined by its content, not by a magic essence based on the size of the organization that produces it.

Many disagree and one of the few dominant mantras common to almost every food tribe is that people should massively reduce …