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Ultra-Processed Foods May Be Linked To Increased Risk Of Cancer


“Higher consumption of ultra-processed foods may be linked to an increased risk of developing and dying from cancer, an Imperial College London-led observational study suggests.” [Source:]


Multiple studies now show that higher intakes of foods such as white bread, packaged snacks, ready-to-heat meals, sugary cereals, confectionaries, fizzy drinks, and potato chips are associated with poor health. In addition to an increased risk of developing and dying from cancer, research has also linked such foods to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive decline, dementia, and chromosomal changes associated with biological ageing.

Worryingly, the consumption of ultra-processed foods has increased markedly during recent decades. In some countries, such as the United States, Canada and the UK, these foods now account for over 60 percent of the average adult’s diet. The problem is not solely confined to the Western world, however. Over the past two decades, the fast-food industry and obesity rates have grown rapidly in China, for example. Obesity is also now a growing problem on the African continent.

To read more about the dangers of ultra-processed foods, including scientific confirmation that they boost the risk of an early death, see this article on our website.