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Limiting consumption of ultraprocessed foods is crucial for your health

A 30-year study reveals that ultraprocessed foods are linked to increased risks of early death — here's what you should avoid.

In a 30-year study published in the BMJ, ultraprocessed foods are linked to an increased risk of early death, with different types of foods having varying impacts.

Here's a summary of this article by CNN:

  • The study based on data from over 100,000 participants, suggests that excessive consumption of ultraprocessed foods leads to higher mortality rates, in particular from neurodegenerative disorders
  • Ultraprocessed foods is a diverse category that includes foods both healthy and unheatlhy foods, for example whole grain breads and sugar-sweetened beverages. It is important to distinguish between the degree of processing and the nutrient value of the processed foods. For example, cereals and whole grain bread contain fiber, nutrients and vitamins, all of which are beneficial. Sweetened beverages usual contain high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, which is unhealthy.
  • Reasonably, the study does not advocate for eliminating all ultraprocessed foods; rather, it advises to limit their intake, especially of items like processed meats and sugary beverages that pose higher health risks.
  • The overall quality of one's diet is crucial in reducing mortality risks, with the need for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Additionally, further investigation is needed into the specific components of ultraprocessed foods (such as food additives, emulsifiers or flavors) that may impact health and for individuals to be mindful of their consumption and nutritional content.

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