Lifestyle Economics

UPF Goalposts Shift Further


In the Media

Len Shackleton quoted in The Daily Telegraph

Government and Institutions

Julian Jessop writes for City AM

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Critic

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon has written for The Critic highlighting the politicised ‘science’ underpinning campaigns against so-called ‘Ultra-Processed Foods’ (UPFs).

Christopher wrote:

“[Author of the book ‘Ultra-Processed People’, Chris] Van Tulleken does not only judge people by the motivations they are presumed to have. He also judges food by the supposed motives of the people who make it. In the Frequently Asked Questions section of the new chapter we find the following enquiry:

“‘If you cook at home with xanthan gum, are you making UPF?’

“I am surprised that this question is frequently asked but I suppose Chris and I move in different circles. I am even more surprised by the answer:

“‘No. UPF is industrially produced for profit. This is part of the definition. If you make food because you love someone and you want to nourish them, then you’re not ultra-processing.’

“Earlier in the book, van Tulleken describes xanthan gum as ‘revoltingly, a bacterial exudate: slime that bacteria produce to allow them to cling to surfaces’ and suggests that consuming it may have ‘profound effects on immune system development’. How fortunate, then, that there is an ingredient that acts as an antidote to this ‘disgusting’ emulsifier. The name of that ingredient? Love.”

Read Christopher’s full piece here.

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