Dietitians say nutritious foods you may not know are ultra-processed. 

However, these foods may contain ultra-processed ingredients,  

some of which have been linked to weight gain as well as an increased risk of diseases such as cancer and dementia,  

as well as an increased risk of dying at an earlier age. 

According to the NOVA scale, which categorizes foods according to the degree of processing they undergo, 

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ultra-processed foods are placed in the fourth group of the scale.  

The foods that fall into the fourth group are the most processed,  

which means that they typically contain taste enhancers and preservatives, 

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