Sugary Breakfast Cereals: Many brightly colored and sweetened cereals fall into this category

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Fast Food: Burgers, fries, and other items from fast-food restaurants are typically ultra-processed.

Soda and Sugary Drinks: Beverages high in sugar and artificial flavors are considered ultra-processed.

Packaged Snacks: Chips, candy, and other pre-packaged snacks are often ultra-processed.

Instant Soup and Noodle Cups: These convenient options often contain high levels of sodium and artificial flavorings.

Health Side Effects of Ultra-Processed Foods

Frozen Dinners: Ready-made frozen meals that you can microwave, which often contain high levels of salt and artificial additives.

Instant Noodles: Convenience noodles in cups or packets that are usually high in sodium and artificial flavorings.

Deli Meats and Processed Meats: Sliced cold cuts and sausages often have preservatives and additives.

Candy and Confectionery: Most candies, gummies, and sweet treats are ultra-processed.

Soft Drinks and Energy Drinks: These beverages are typically loaded with sugar, caffeine, and artificial additives.

Microwave Popcorn: Pre-packaged microwave popcorn often contains artificial butter flavor and lots of salt.

Packaged Baked Goods: Many store-bought cakes, cookies, and pastries contain artificial ingredients.

Chicken Nuggets and Fish Sticks: Breaded and pre-cooked products that are often ultra-processed.

Flavored Yogurts: Yogurts with added fruit and lots of sugar are considered ultra-processed.

Processed Cheese: Cheese products that aren't natural cheese but processed and often contain additives.