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Ultra-processed Foods Linked To Premature Death


“Consumption of ultra-processed foods containing little or no whole foods in their ingredients contributed to 57,000 premature deaths in Brazil in 2019, researchers report.” [Source: sciencedaily.com]


With previous research having already linked consumption of ultra-processed foods to an increased risk of an early death, the dangers of diets loaded with junk food, fast food, and high levels of artificial additives are now crystal clear. A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal in 2019 found 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 is associated with a 14 percent higher risk of death within the following 7 years.

Other studies have linked ultra-processed foods to an increased risk 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.

Additional research has associated ultra-processed foods with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chromosomal changes linked to biological ageing.

To learn more about the dangers of ultra-processed foods, see this article on our website.