Nutrition and health. The issue is not food, nor nutrients, so much as processing.

Department of Nutrition Director, School of Public Health University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Public Health Nutrition (Impact Factor: 2.48). 06/2009; 12(5):729-31. DOI: 10.1017/S1368980009005291
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