Excess Consumption of Ultra-Processed Food Increases Chance Of Early Death

Ultra-processed foods could be early death sentence study

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It's time you start practicing some moderation.

The "findings make sense, given what we know to date about the deleterious effects of food additives on brain function and health, but the effects observed are very small", Molly Bray, chairwoman of the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, told CNN.

"Ultraprocessed foods are mostly consumed in the form of snacks, desserts, or ready-to-eat or -heat meals", and their consumption "has largely increased during the past several decades", the authors wrote. More than 200 of the deaths were cancer-related while 34 were from cardiovascular disease, according to The Guardian. In Canada, the figure is around 62 percent while in the United Kingdom, that proportion is 63 percent.

New research confirms a theory long-held by many: eating junk food raises the risk of an early death. All provided 24-hour dietary records every six months in addition to completing questionnaires about their health, physical activities and sociodemographics.

"This is a large, carefully conducted prospective study of healthy middle-aged and older French people, in which a statistically significant association between death from any cause and a relatively higher consumption of "ultra-processed foods" has been identified", said Dr Ian Johnson, nutrition researcher and Emeritus Fellow at the Quadram Institute Bioscience.

Ultraprocessed foods accounted for more than 14 percent of the weight of total food consumed by the participants, and about 29 percent of their total calories.

"A vital takeaway message is that consumption of highly processed foods reflects social inequalities - they are consumed disproportionately more by individuals with lower incomes or education levels, or those living alone", Forouhi said. After adjusting for factors such as smoking, the researchers said that there is a 14 percent higher risk of early death for each 10 percent increase in consumption of ultra-processed.

Over 600 people died during the course of the 7-year study.

The authors said that there is a high possibility of that the additives, high temperature processing and storage may take a toll on your health.

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