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How ultra-processed food took over your shopping basket

Source: The Guardian

Lesson Objective:

Students will be able to:



  1. Begin by asking students what they know about ultra-processed foods.
  2. Read the article aloud to the class.
  3. As you read, stop to discuss the following questions:
    • What are ultra-processed foods?
    • How are ultra-processed foods made?
    • What are the health risks associated with ultra-processed foods?
  4. After reading the article, have students identify ultra-processed foods in their own diets.
  5. Discuss the following questions:
    • How often do you eat ultra-processed foods?
    • What are some of the reasons you choose to eat ultra-processed foods?
    • What are some of the challenges you face in reducing your intake of ultra-processed foods?
  6. Use this handout on the health risks of ultra-processed foods, distribute them to students and discuss the information.
  7. To conclude the lesson, have students make a plan to reduce their intake of ultra-processed foods.




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