Ultra-processed foods may increse cancer risk
New scientific evidences support that ultra-processed foods (UPFs) may increse cancer risk. Researcher found that a 10% increase in consumption of ultra-processed food was linked to a 2% increase in being diagnosed with cancer and a 6% increase in dying from cancer.

The researchers also foundk that, with each additional 10% increase in consumption of ultra-processed food, there was a 19% increased risk for ovarian cancer and a 30% increased risk of dying from ovarian cancer. There was also a 16% increase in risk of dying from breast cancer with each 10% additional increase in consumption of UPFs. The top 25% tier of UPF consumption versus the bottom 25% tier of UPF consumption showed a 7% higher risk of overall cancer, a 25% higher risk of developing lung cancer and a 52% higher risk of developing brain cancer. 73% of the food supply in the United States is ultra-processed. The most dangerous reason for why UPFs are so heavily consumed is because of they are highly palatable – consumers are unable to stop eating them. The additives, sweeteners and flavorings used in ultra-processed foods have proven to drive food addictions, which frequently cause over-consumption.

Another study found a 29% higher risk for developing colorectal cancer among men who consumed high amounts of ultra-processed foods. Other studies have established a link between ultra-processed foods and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Food packaging of ultra-processed foods is not labeled as such. 1 in 5 people globally struggle with ultra-processed food addiction. How can a consumer if a food is ulra-processed? You have to look at the ingredients on the packaging, a product that contains more than five ingredients is typically ultra-processed, as are foods with unrecognizable ingredients, and foods that are naturally found “fresh” but have a long shelf life. These rules also apply to foods marketed as natural, vegan, vegetarian, healthy, and low-calorie. The World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization recommend the restriction of ultra-processed foods as part of a healthy and sustainable diet.


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