The story :
Ultra-processed food affects people’s mental abilities.
That’s according to a new study in Australia which found older people were affected negatively by things like fast food and fizzy drinks.
Meanwhile, research in the UK found almost 75% of calories in school lunches come from ultra-processed food.
Health experts have called for there to be a limit on this type of food for schoolchildren.

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escape the cycle

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0:00 – Introduction
0:23 – Story
1:17 – Headline 1: New Telegraph – Study Ties Ultraprocessed Foods To Poor Cognitive Function
3:20 – Headline 2: The Times – Junk food cap demanded for school lunches
4:40 – Headline 3: The House – Escaping the Junk Food cycle: is it possible?
6:15 – Language summary

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