Data

Year of publication

2017

Type

Qualitative

Design

Narrative

Classification

NOVA

Country studied

Global

Data

Secondary

Data Collected

Litterature

Study setting

N/A

Age group of participant

N/A

Participant sex

N/A

Target population

N/A

Sample size

N/A

Ultra-processed foods in human health: a critical appraisal./Am J Clin Nutr

Goal

Challenge many of the basic arguments of using the NOVA food classification system to examine the link between food and health.

Results

With regard to the use of the NOVA food classification in the development of food-based dietary guidelines, we show that the very broad definition of UPFDs makes this impossible. Finally, the available evidence does not support the view that the globalization of food is the driver of increased intakes of UPFDs in low- to middle-income countries but rather that this is driven by small indigenous compa- nies. On balance, therefore, there seems to be little advantage from the use of the NOVA classification compared with the current epide- miologic approach, which relies on the linkage of nutrient intakes to chronic disease with subsequent identification of foods that merit consideration in public health nutrition strategies.

Authors

Gibney MJ, Forde CG, Mullally D, Gibney ER

Journal

DOI