'You Have a Bomb on Your Hands': The Food That Destroys Kids' Bones

Breakthrough Israeli research finds that ultra-processed food has a dramatic adverse effect on skeletal growth and development. While every parent should be concerned about these findings – some don't want them published

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Breakfast time. “Children are fussy because we made them fussy... Obviously, colorful, sugar-rich cereals will tempt kids more than the hot cereal we prepare ourselves,” says Monsonego Ornan.
Breakfast time. “Children are fussy because we made them fussy... Obviously, colorful, sugar-rich cereals will tempt kids more than the hot cereal we prepare ourselves,” says Monsonego Ornan.Credit: Galina Kovalenko / Shutterstock
Noa Limone
Noa Limone
Noa Limone
Noa Limone

Junk food, as the term suggests, is bad for our health. Recent studies have linked a high consumption of industrialized foods to obesity, diabetes and certain types of cancer. But a study by Efrat Monsonego Ornan that looked at an aspect of the problem never before examined – how ultra-processed food affects bone development – has come up with such serious findings that parents cannot remain indifferent to them. Nor can the huge conglomerates that turn out junk food.

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