I recall a few years back that there was an attempt to define certain foods as "processed" and that eating said foods was not good for weight loss and/or overall health. I don't believe an acceptable definition was ever reached. I believe at one point the term "ultra processed" was being used.
IMO opinion any food can be labeled processed as they all require some form of processing. Take a free range chicken, slaughter it, and then break it down into breasts, thighs, wings, etc, and it has now become "processed;" make a salad with multiple ingredients and it is also processed, and we can go on and on. The thought then that processed foods were "bad" seemed not to be based on logical thinking, because any food could be processed.
FYI - I come from the prospective that no food is "bad" that is part of an overall healthy diet that is meeting macro and micronutrients, and within ones calorie goal for the day.
But would be curious to see if things have changed since the original debate was raging...
So how are processed foods defined, and are they "bad"?