Seventy percent of the range of supermarkets is ultra-processed food

The Dutch voedselwaakhond foodwatch concludes after an investigation that, on average, a whopping seventy percent of the supermarktaanbod consists of heavily processed industrial food. That so-called ‘ultra-processed foods are associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and various cancers.


For her research, selected foodwatch 651 food products the assortment of Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Lidl, the three biggest supermarkets in the Netherlands. Then informed the organization that products in accordance with four by the world health organization used categories: fresh unprocessed or lightly processed food (for example fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, milk), processed ingredients (e.g. oil, salt, etc.), processed food (e.g. cheese, bread, cans of vegetables or fish, ham, etc.) and heavily processed food (e.g. chips, hamburgers, breakfast cereals, ready-made meals, soft drinks, etc.)

Seventy percent of the surveyed products ended up in that last category, compared to sixteen percent in the group ‘unprocessed or lightly processed’. It must be said that this research is carried out in the Netherlands and that the situation in Belgium is which can differ. Nevertheless, it teaches a quick look in the average supermarket in their own country, that a similar test here, similar results could yield.

‘s obesity epidemic

The organization warns for the high amounts of sugar, fat and salt which are made by manufacturers to be added to ultra-processed foods. “This is also confirmed by our survey,’ does it sound in the news. “More than three-quarters (350 of 459 products, 76 percent) of this fabriekseten sugar is added. As it turns out, sugar is added to products such as salads, pasta sauce, ham, breaded fish, ovenkroketten, soup, bread, and so on. To 69 percent of the ultra-processed foods, salt is added. To 93 percent of the ultra-processed foods is sugar and/or salt added.’

Foodwatch stresses that heavily processed food is not necessarily unhealthy, but that in practice it is often low in minerals, fiber and vitamins contains too much sugar, fat and salt. “In this way, these products help to the big problems that the excessive consumption of these substances cause.’ This refers to the organisation on the currently prevailing’s obesity epidemic, which are regularly as the main threat to our health is described.

The voedselwaakhond decision: “A good advice for consumers is: eat mainly raw, fresh and plant-based.’ We still have heard recently?

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