It is fairly widely accepted that increased consumption of processed foods is bad for your health.
From increasing risk of diseases, accelerating aging, to even encouraging increased calorie consumption, most will readily acknowledge they are not healthy.
But can they even increase the risk of death?
Research out of Spain seems to say “yes”.
You will want to check this out:
The team of researchers analyzed a massive population-based cohort of almost 12,000 people to see if there was an association between higher consumption of ultra-processed foods and all-cause mortality.
Their findings, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2019, may drive you to the whole foods aisles the next time you’re shopping at the grocery store.
When the researchers compared the highest quartile of ultra-processed food consumption (in terms of energy) to the lowest, they found a 44 percent increase in the hazard ratio for mortality. When they compared the highest quartile to the lowest in terms grams per kilogram of body weight consumed per day, there was a 46 percent increase!
Even though these results are pretty astounding, further studies need to be conducted to not only see if these results can be replicated in other populations, but also to determine whether there is a healthy upper limit of ultra-processed food consumption.
From there we can then drill down into discovering which whole foods are best and in what populations, but this sure is a great start in showing us the potential difference processed food consumption versus whole can have on our lives.
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