Exploring the scientific debate and public perception of ultra-processed foods (1 CME Point)

Event Dates:

7:00 pm Monday 25th Sep 2023

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David Titman

BSc, MSc, PGCE, RNutr

David is a registered nutritionist (RNutr) and food scientist with multinational experience in advising the food sector. He takes creative, pragmatic approaches to working with companies in developing their responsible food strategies, which has led to significant positive change in charitable, commercial and educational settings.

As a regular university lecturer, he keeps closely up to date on the latest research in food and nutrition and with a third-degree black belt in karate, he spends much of his time away from nutrition, practising and teaching martial arts.


  • An introduction to “ultra-processed foods” as part of the NOVA classification of food products
  • A review of growing research linking consumption of “ultra-processed foods” to poor health outcomes
  • The public and industry perception of the term “ultra-processed foods”
  • The strengths and limitations of focusing on “ultra-processed foods” in public health communications

Learning outcomes:

  • You will be able to correctly identify “ultra-processed” foods and be able to categorise foods according to their NOVA classifications
  • You will understand the roles of both food processing and food formulations in health outcomes associated with “ultra-processed foods”
  • You will learn some strategies to help address the key nutritional concepts associated with high consumption of ultra-processed foods.
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