The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.

The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.

Dr. Mark Hyman

We are seeing an ever-increasing burden of chronic disease, primarily driven by our food and food system. This is perpetuated by agricultural, food and health care policies that don’t support health. We need to rethink disease and reimagine a food system and a health care system the protects health, unburdens the economy from the weight of obesity and chronic disease, protects the environment, helps reverse climate change and creates a nation of healthy children and citizens. This podcast is a place for deep conversations about the critical issues of our time in the space of health, wellness, food and politics. New episodes are released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. I hope you'll join me.


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In the health space, we hear the term ultra-processed foods thrown around often for its clear link to chronic diseases such as depression, Alzheimer’s, and diabesity. But what exactly does “ultra-processed” mean? How can you tell if a food is ultra-processed?


In today’s Health Bites episode, we will learn exactly what ultra-processed foods are, how to identify them, their impact on human health, and the global economy. We’ll also discuss tips and tricks for how to read food labels to better navigate the grocery store, and the innovations happening in Washington to develop label laws that helps protect the consumer.


In this episode, I discuss:

  • Definition, examples, and deceptive health claims of ultra-processed food (2:06) 
  • Health risks and impacts of ultra-processed food (7:30) 
  • Case study: impact of an ultra-processed diet on twin girls (10:00) 
  • History and rise of processed food (12:09) 
  • Difference between ultra-processed and minimally processed foods (17:45) 
  • Impact of food packaging and additives on health (24:01) 
  • Economic and societal consequences of chronic diseases caused by poor diet (28:04) 
  • Identifying ultra-processed foods and understanding food labeling (35:00) 
  • Avoiding ultra-processed foods and using food scoring systems (40:50) 


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