Dole Fresh Foods Logo

Find Your Farm

All our fruit from the farm straight to your local supermarket. The farm code tells you which farm produced the fruit you are eating. Just enter the 3- or 5-digit code to find out where your fruit came from and learn about the country and the people who grew and picked it!

Dole Banana Farmer

Over Processing Problems

1B-Over_Processing_Problems-1338x460

How food production effects health

What if we told you that there is one food in your diet that has been interfering with your weight and could put you at risk for heart disease, even cancer – and one more hint – it’s not a fruit or a vegetable.  A handful of recent studies are zeroing in on a culprit; ultra-processed foods (UPF) AKA foods that contain hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, emulsifiers and so on. 

One study published in Cell Metabolism, compared a highly processed with an unprocessed diet in 20 participants over 4 weeks.  Calories, sugars, fiber, fat and carbs were the same in both ultra and un processed meals and participants could eat as much or as little as they wanted.  Researchers saw clear results.  Men and women ate faster while eating processed foods such as a bagel with cream cheese and turkey bacon when compared to oats, walnuts, banana and skim milk.  They also ate about 500 calories more per day and gained an average of 2 pounds on the ultra-processed diet while losing about 2 pounds when on the minimally processed diet.  More research is needed to understand what specifically causes the weight gain or loss.     

Another study assessed over 105,000 French adults via food questionnaires over several years.  Health was monitored and all foods were rated according to amount of processing.  Investigators saw that a 10% increase of processed foods was associated with an increase of >10% heart disease.  Risk decreased in those who ate more unprocessed foods.    

So which foods qualify as processed?  They’re typically low in vitamins, minerals and fiber, high in fat and sodium.  You can also tell by looking at the ingredients list.  If there are items that you can’t read or others that you recognize as preservatives, sweeteners, coloring or flavoring agents then you’re looking at an ultra-processed food. 

Identify the ultra-processed foods below: 

One surefire way to avoid the UPF is by cooking at home!  Bookmark our Dole recipes for easy access to seasonal and healthy recipes.  We think our Chickpea Salad Wraps with Carrot “Bacon” are top notch!

Published August 1, 2019

Get Some Fresh Inspiration

Explore Packaged Salads Find Meal Inspiration from Dole

Company

About Careers Terms of Use Code of Conduct Press Releases Sustainability

Dole Family

Dole Fruit Hawaii Dole Packaged Foods Ocean Cargo Pineapple Plantation

Partners

DBCP Facts Memorandum of Insurance Transparency in Supply Chain Management Truckers & Customers Information Portal

Connect

Facebook Instagram Pinterest Twitter

Contact Privacy Policy © 2021 All rights reserved.