New study finds highly processed foods linked to premature death

A new study from Brazil provides more evidence that eating a diet of highly processed foods is dangerous to your health. not only causes obesity and high cholesterol, but also premature death.

About 57,000 Brazilian deaths between the ages of 30 and 69 in 2019 could be attributed to the consumption of ultra-processed foods, according to NBC News, in a study published Monday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. It is estimated that The study’s authors say that reducing his intake of highly processed foods by 10% to 50% “could prevent between 5,000 and 26,300 deaths.”

Researchers compared the relative risk of death in people who consumed large amounts of processed food to those who consumed much less. They focused on this age group because the World Health Organization considers deaths from non-communicable diseases to be premature in these age groups.

Lead author Eduardo Nilsson, a nutrition researcher at the Center for Epidemiological Studies of Nutrition and Public Health at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, said that “heart disease is very likely one of the main factors contributing to these premature births.” The number of deaths (number of deaths) is high. Diabetes, cancer, obesity, and chronic kidney disease may also play a similar role.

Foods that are considered overly processed typically contain more artificial ingredients than whole foods. may contain additives. In Brazil, salted crackers, cookies, mass-produced breads and cakes, meat products such as ham and hot dogs, and sugary drinks are the most likely culprits, Nilsson said.

The researchers found that Brazilians, for the most part, consume less processed foods than Americans. It consumes up to 50%, says Nilson. In the United States, ultra-processed foods make up about 57% of his daily calories, he tells NBC News. Based on that figure, Nilsson estimates that the United States could expect many more premature deaths from eating this type of food.

Some experts, such as Dr. Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, believe that not all foods with large amounts of ingredients on their labels are harmful to health. says no. Some, such as whole-grain breads and cereals, are high in fiber, which lowers the risk of heart disease and cancer. Instead, focus on foods that have proven links to premature death. Sugary drinks like soda, for example, are responsible for 184,000 adult deaths annually worldwide.

“In general, there’s no question that Brazilians, Americans, and many others eat too much junk food,” Willett said. “Overall, they add up to a large chunk of preventable mortality.”

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