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Comment & Response
August 2019

Evidence for the Full Potential of Daily Food Choices to Minimize Premature Mortality—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Université Paris 13, Equipe de Recherche en Epidémiologie Nutritionnelle, Centre de Recherche Epidémiologie et Statistique, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Bobigny, France
  • 2Département de Santé Publique, Hôpital Avicenne (AP-HP), Bobigny, France
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(8):1149-1150. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.2208

In Reply We thank McCarthy and May for their letter regarding our Original Investigation.1 Consistent with the US dietary guidelines,2 the French nutritional recommendations3 also promote the consumption of unprocessed and minimally processed foods. As McCarthy and May point out in their response, on average, the nutritional quality of ultraprocessed food is lower than that of minimally or unprocessed food: the food often contains more salt, added sugar, and saturated fatty acids, and fewer dietary fibers and vitamins.

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