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Eating too many burgers, pizzas, biscuits and cakes can knock years off your life, according to new research.
A study of almost 45,000 middle-aged people found that deaths from heart disease, cancer and other illnesses were linked to the consumption of 'ultra-processed food'.
Chips - Bread - Meals - Sausages - Cereals
These include: chips, white bread, ready meals, sausages, sugary cereals and fizzy drinks - essentially any product involving an industrial procedure.
Worryingly, these snacks make up half the average Briton's diet, which is prematurely killing us, say scientists.
Research - Foods - Blood - Pressure - Cancer
Previous research has shown that these fat-rich, low-fibre foods cause high blood pressure and cancer, but this is the first to investigate consumption and mortality risk.
Co-author Dr Laure Schnabel, a nutritional epidemiologist at Paris-Sorbonne University, said: 'Ultra-processed foods contain multiple ingredients.
Characteristics - Development - Diseases - Them
'The nutritional characteristics of [these] could partly explain the development of non-communicable chronic diseases among those who consume them.'
In addition to having a higher content of total fat, saturated fat and added sugar, many fast food items contain legal but controversial additives such as sodium nitrite and titanium oxide.
Sweeteners - Snacks - Gut - Bacteria - Risk
Meanwhile, artificial sweeteners - which are also commonly present in snacks - are suspected of altering gut bacteria, which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases which are major causes of premature mortality.
Likewise, food packaging is suspected to have hormone disrupting chemicals, some of which might cause cancer, diabetes and obesity - such as bisphenol A....
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