A “warning signal” about ultra-processed foods

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A recent large-scale study published in the BMJ followed 105,000 people, mostly middle-aged women, for 5 years. It found that the more ultra-processed foods people ate, the higher their risk of cancer.

What are ultra-processed foods?

The study classified ultra-processed foods as:

  • Mass-produced packaged breads and buns
  • Sweet or savory packaged snacks including chips
  • Chocolate bars and sweets
  • Sodas and sweetened drinks
  • Meatballs, poultry and fish nuggets
  • Instant noodles and soups
  • Frozen or shelf-life ready meals
  • Foods made mostly or entirely from sugar, oils and fats
What were the results of the study?
  1. On average, 18% of people’s diet was ultra-processed
  2. On average, there were 79 cancers per 10,000 people each year
  3. People eating 10% more processed food had nine extra cases of cancer per 10,000 people per year
What was the conclusion?

The researchers concluded that:

These results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades.

This study is only observational and can’t prove causation. But the evidence keeps mounting up in favor of eating real, unprocessed foods for good health and reduced risk of developing a chronic disease. Don’t forget to be equally wary of ultra-processed low carb products. They are still fake food, and they’re not necessarily better for you than the items listed in this study.

Read the full article here:

BBC: Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

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  1. Shazi
    Is CLUB SODA save to drink as it has no sugar on a keto diet? Do reply.thanks
  2. Shazi
    Is it important to eat grass fed butter and dairy as in pakistan they give corn,choker and wheat to cows and chicken.in some cities like hazro they have kept cows at home and sell there milk but there cows are not grass fed.do reply.thanks
  3. Shazi
    It is EVERVESS CLUB SODA.can i drink 1 or 2 cans of 300ml in a day on keto diet?
    Reply: #5
  4. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Shazi!

    I guess that club soda normally should have zero carbs so you can drink as many cans as you like ...

    It is EVERVESS CLUB SODA.can i drink 1 or 2 cans of 300ml in a day on keto diet?

  5. Kel Mohror
    Is there a corollary conclusion that ultra-processes foods also contribute to higher rates of cardiovascular diseases? CVD and cancer risks are significantly increased by a "convenience lifestyle."

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