Quick and easy comfort foods could be putting your health in danger. A French study revealed there is a 14% higher risk of early death with each 10% increase in the amount of ultraprocessed foods consumed.
The study defines ultraprocessed as “manufactured industrially from multiple ingredients that usually include additives used for technological and/or cosmetic purposes.” These include snacks, lunchmeats and ready-to-eat meals. The study followed 44,551 French adults 45 and older for two years. The subjects submitted 24-hour dietary records every six months and filled out questionnaires about their health. Over the course of the study, 602 participants died.
The research confirmed that there was a direct correlation between amount of processed food consumed and early death. Despite this, some scholars remain unconvinced.
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