Eating 'Ultraprocessed' Foods Linked with Early Death

Live Science | 2/12/2019 | Staff
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They may be tasty, but so-called ultraprocessed foods are not what the doctor ordered. Yet, these foods — which are high in salt, sugar and other additives — are an increasingly large part of people's diets. And now, a new study from France suggests that ultraprocessed foods may increase the risk of early death.

The research showed that increased consumption of ultraprocessed foods was associated with a higher risk of death over a 7-year period.

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According to the study, ultraprocessed foods are those that "contain multiple ingredients and are manufactured through a multitude of industrial processes." Besides sugar, salt, fat and oil, these foods include additives such as flavors, colors, sweeteners and emulsifiers, Live Science reported in 2016. Examples of ultraprocessed items include packaged snacks; ice cream; candies; energy bars; processed meats; ready-made meals; and packaged cookies, cakes and pastries.

Previous studies have tied ultraprocessed food consumption to an increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure and cancer, but none have examined whether these foods were tied to a risk of early death.

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In the new study, the researchers, from the University of Paris analyzed data from more than 44,000 adults age 45 and older living in France. Participants periodically completed questionnaires about the foods they'd eaten over the previous 24 hours and were followed for about 7 years. During the study period, about 600 participants died.

On average, about 30 percent of the participants'...
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