National Food Strategy Report - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:11 pm on 17th November 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Conservative 3:11 pm, 17th November 2021

My Lords, more than half the calories the average person in the UK eats come from ultra-processed foods. Recent research has linked these foods to early death, poor health, weight gain and obesity. The national food strategy makes a clear connection between bad diet and poor health. One of its four strategic objectives is to escape the junk-food cycle in order to protect the NHS. While the move towards eating less meat is welcome for the health of both the individual and the planet, could my noble friend confirm that a vegan or vegetarian diet made up of mainly ultra-processed foods is just as bad for the individual’s health as for everyone else?