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Ultra-Processed Food Is Associated With Cardiovascular Disease


“Weekly consumption of ultra-processed food is linked with an increased risk of heart disease, according to new research.” [Source:]


A category of food that includes mass-produced bread, ready meals, fast foods, sweets and deserts, salty snacks, reconstituted meat, instant noodles, tinned vegetables with added salt, as well as sodas and sweetened beverages, ultra-processed foods have already previously been linked to the development of cancer. In a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2018, researchers found that if the proportion of such foods in the diet increased by 10 percent, the number of cancers detected increased by 12 percent.

Providing further evidence of the dangers of ultra-processed foods, a study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal in 2019 linked their consumption to a higher risk of an early death from any cause. The researchers discovered that every 10 percent increase in the intake of foods such as white bread, packaged snacks, ready-to-heat meals, sugary cereals, confectionaries, fizzy drinks, and potato chips was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of death within the following 7 years.

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