Shelf-stable meals contain pretty much all of the ingredients that define the "ultra-processed" category.
Boxed meals like macaroni and cheese and taco kits contain many of the same problem ingredients.
The same problem that plagues your shelf-stable meal can be found with your instant noodles.
The same is true for instant soup packets. Simmering pasta and frozen veggies in chicken broth is nearly as quick and far better for you!
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Instant mashed potatoes have been heavily processed for ease, but making your own mashed potatoes takes less than half an hour.
Grocery store bread is a part of the ultra-processed category not only due to the presence of hydrogenated oils
Store-Bought Burger Buns
Like sliced supermarket bread, store-bought burger buns often contain bromated flour. Many of them also contain sugar, which isn't ideal either.