Ultra-processed foods linked to cancer risk

Shocking new statistics have been released showing just how dangerous processed foods are when it comes to cancer.It’s been known for some time that processed meats and sugar are linked to a higher risk of developing cancer, but a major new study has found that lots of forms of heavily processed foods can drive up a person’s chances of suffering from the devastating disease.
In fact, it was calculated that for every 10 per cent more ultra-processed food someone consumes, there is a 12 per cent greater risk of them getting cancer.
Foods that were classed by the researchers from Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Sao Paulo as ultra-processed include frozen and chilled ready meals, fizzy drinks, crisps, sweets, packaged breads and cakes, sausages, bacon and ham, chicken nuggets, pre-prepared pies and instant noodles and soups.
These foods have a higher content of total fat, saturated fat, and added sugar and salt, and a lower fibre and vitamin density.“To our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate and highlight an increase in the risk of overall – and specifically breast – cancer associated with ultra-processed food intake,” researchers wrote in the British Medical Journal.
“If confirmed in other populations and settings, these results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades.”For the study, the team looked at the food diaries of 105,000 healthy adults with an average age of 43.
Participants were ranked by how much ultra-processed food they consumed over two 24-hour periods.
Overall, it was found that those in the top quarter who ate the most ultra-processed foods, amounting to 32 per cent of their diet, had a 23 per cent higher chance of developing a form of cancer over the next five years, compared to the bottom quarter, who ate roughly eight per cent ultra-processed foods.
Authors noted that there was no significant link between less processed foods, like canned vegetables, cheese and fresh bread, and cancer.Commenting on the study, Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said: “There is no smoke without fire – we should heed the scientists’ fears and read food labels more carefully.
Huge quantities of everyday processed food have excessive levels of sugar, fat and salt stuffed in them and it’s all listed on the packaging.“Don’t risk cancer by eating anything with, respectively, much more than 15g sugar, 5g saturated fat and 1.5g salt per 100g.
That’s not rocket science.”

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