In the telegraph today is an article reporting on research that modern fare is slowly killing us because much of it is ultra-processed foods. The research followed around 45,000 French people aged around 57 and looked at their mortality outcomes. It talks of ultra-processed foods being around 29% of their diet! Examples include mass-produced and packaged snacks, sugary drinks, breads, confectioneries, ready-made meals and processed meats.
As someone who has had more than his share of ready-made pizza in the past I hold my hands up - I got it wrong. But, quoting the author of the research, "Ultra-processed foods contain multiple ingredients. They are usually ready to heat and eat, affordable, and hyper-palatable." It is a great shame these items don't also add a health warning on them such as "regular consumption may cause cancer!"