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Opinion: I loved myxa0Lunchablesxa0as a kid. Now, all I see is what's in them

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What is ultraprocessed food? Nutritionist explains why it can taste different

When I was 10 years old, I used to enjoy eating Lunchables. However, I was unaware of the negative impact of ultra-processed foods (UPFs) on my health. A study found that consuming UPFs is associated with a higher risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, and cognitive decline. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) includes Lunchables, which contain chemical additives. While the USDA is making progress in aligning the NSLP with dietary guidelines, more needs to be done to reduce UPF consumption and provide healthier meals for children. Several countries have implemented measures like taxation and advertising restrictions to address this issue.