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I've just finished reading "Ultra Processed People," and it left a profound impact on me.

Allow me to share one crucial insight I've gained, something I believe warrants our attention.

Within the pages of this book, a dairy farmer is discussed. He always allowed his cows to graze naturally, and in addition to grass, they often nibbled on various weeds and foliage. He firmly believed that this natural diet helped maintain a balance of nutrients within their bodies. The author of the book posed a thought-provoking question: Are we humans any different?

During a period of drought, the farmer noticed that there wasn't enough grass for his cows. So, he introduced artificial feed. After a few weeks, he observed that his cows were just as healthy as before, which prompted him to introduce additional nutrients to supplement their diet.

As he walked through the cow shed with a bag of zinc, something remarkable happened. His usually docile cows snatched the bag of zinc from his arms, tore it open, and eagerly consumed its contents. He repeated the process with another bag, and once again, the cows devoured it before returning to their artificial feed. It became clear to him that the cows instinctively knew they were lacking in zinc.

This led him to pose the same question once more: Are humans, as mammals, any different?

Ultra-processed foods, such as snacks, ready-made meals, and takeaways, lack the natural nutrients found in whole ingredients. Consequently, we consume more of these processed items than we intend to, driven by our innate desire to extract as much nutritional value as possible from our food.

In our pursuit of nutrition, we unwittingly consume an abundance of these unhealthy foods, resulting in a surplus of calories and, inevitably, weight gain.