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Ultraprocessed foods are easy, cheap and could be killing you

UltraProcessed Food chips 843993 1920"Ultraprocessed" describes many foods, including pre-prepared dishes found in grocery store freezers, packaged baked goods, dehydrated soups, ice cream, sugary cereals and fizzy beverages.

Two separate studies published recently in The BMJ link eating the popular factory-made fare with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and an increased risk of early death. While a direct cause-effect relationship has yet to be established, the researchers of both studies note that previous studies have associated highly processed food consumption with higher risks of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even some cancers.

"Ultraprocessed foods already make up more than half of the total dietary energy consumed in high-income countries such as USA, Canada and the UK," Maira Bes-Rastrollo, senior author of 1st study and a professor of preventive medicine and public health at the Universidad de Navarra, Spain, told CNN in an email. "In the case of Spain, consumption of ultraprocessed food almost tripled between 1990 and 2010."
Analyzing the data, the team found that a higher consumption of heavily processed foods -- more than four servings each day -- was associated with a 62% increased risk for early death due to any cause relative to those who ate these foods less frequently. And, each additional serving of the factory-made fare increased that relative risk by 18%, the new study indicated !!!!

In France (2nd study), the web-based NutriNet-Santé project, which focuses on nutrition and health, provided data for a new study of the potential effects of industrial foods. More than 105,000 people (average age 43 at the start of the study and 79% women) participated.
Each 10% increment in the percentage of ultraprocessed foods people ate was associated with a 12%, 13%, and 11% increase in the rates of overall cardiovascular, coronary heart and cerebrovascular disease, respectively, the researchers found !!!!
Full article in the CNN website.


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Moreover, overprocessed foods add 500 calories to your diet every day, causing weight gain: people limited to a diet of primarily highly processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when their diet mostly consisted of minimally processed foods, finds a new study.

On an ultraprocessed diet cycle (14 days), people ate faster while consuming about 500 calories more per day (by taking extra helpings) than they did while on the unprocessed diet cycle (another 14 days); this increase in calories was due to higher quantities of carbohydrates and fat but not protein. As a result, they gained weight -- on average, about 0.9 kilograms or 2 pounds. While on the diet of unprocessed foods, they lost an equal amount of weight.
Read full article in CNN

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