The latest findings from a health study may cause you to review your drive-thru dinner plans, as it cautions that eating a lot of heavily processed food is associated with a risk of a previous death, according to The Guardian.
The new study showed that we are at a 14% higher risk of early mortality with every 10% increase in the amount of ultra-processed food we eat.
The team in France worked with more than 44,000 people in a ten-year study called NutriNet-Santé, which maintained the diet, calories and "ultra-processed" foods that people ate for several years.
There were 602 deaths during the study, 219 of which were cancer and 34 of which were from cardiovascular disease.
The study, published Monday in the journal Jama Internal Medicine, showed that the risk of death was greater for people who consumed more ultra-processed food than others, even when food deprivation, smoking, obesity and education were taken into account.
"Ultra-processed foods are industrially manufactured from multiple ingredients that usually contain additives that are used for technological and / or cosmetic purposes," wrote the authors of the study. "Ultra-processed foods are usually consumed in the form of snacks, desserts or ready-to-eat or heated meals" and their consumption "has largely increased over the past decades".
The study is because more and more people around the world are eating ultra-processed food.
The study shows that almost 61% of adults in the US have their diet of ultra-processed foods, with Canadians at 62%, and British at 63%, according to another study.
The study included more than 44,000 French adults who were 45 years of age or older and who were followed for two years, while providing a 24-hour distribution every six months, including completing questionnaires about their health, weight, measurements, physical activity and social demography.
Researchers then calculated each person's overall food intake and consumption of ultra-processed foods, which account for more than 14% of total food consumption and almost 29% of total calories.
Ultra-processed food consumption was associated with younger age, lower income, lower educational level, life alone, higher BMI and lower physical activity levels, according to the study.
The authors said that further studies are needed to confirm their findings, they speculated the additives, chemicals from food packaging and the processing itself could all be contributing factors of negative health.
The findings are logical, given what we know so far about the harmful effects of food additives on brain function and health, but the observed effects are very small, wrote Molly Bray, chairman of the Department of Food Sciences at the University of Texas. in Austin, in an e-mail to Good King News.
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"The case against high-processed food is increasing, with this study contributing significantly to a growing body of evidence on the health damage of ultra-processed foods," said Professor Nita Forouhi of the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge.
Forouhi also told The Guardian that more evidence was needed to confirm the findings, "but we would ignore these findings in danger to public health."
"An important message of opinion is that consumption of highly processed food reflects social inequalities – they are being consumed disproportionately by people with lower incomes or education levels, or people living alone," said Forouhi. "Such foods are attractive because they are usually cheaper, very tasty because of the high sugar, salt and saturated fat content, are available everywhere, are good on the market, ready to eat and their shelf life is long, so they last longer. More needs to be done to address these inequalities. "
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