Critics of the food industry allege that it relentlessly pursues profits at the expense of public health. They claim that food companies “ultraprocess” products with salt, sugar, fats, and artificial additives, employ advanced marketing tactics to manipulate and hook consumers, and are ultimately responsible for a global epidemic of health ailments.

NYU’s Marion Nestle, a public health advocate, nutritionist, and author, first warned in her 2002 book Food Politics that Big Food deliberately designs unhealthy, addictive products to drive sales, often backed by industry-funded research that misleads consumers. This week on Capitalisn’t, Nestle joins hosts Bethany McLean and Luigi Zingales to explore the ultraprocessed food industry.

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