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"Ultra-Processed Foods" Linked To Increased Risk In Cancer

It is cleared from studies revealed that processed junk foods are not good for health. The nutrient items having more added sugar, more saturated fat, more sodium, less fiber and much higher energy density. These nutrition profiling are unfavorable to health and also indicate harmful effects on eating and drinking behaviors. It can cause weight gain that leads to obesity along with increasing LDL (bad) while lowering HDL (good) cholesterol and may increase the risk if Diabetes Type 2 and heart disease. Processed foods have little nutritional value. Therefore it is necessary to explore the potential impact on the overall quality of the diet. It is obvious to avoid eating processed junk foods for best health, yet many people do not realize that even foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta, breads, breakfast cereals, crackers etc are all equally damaging to health due to the high level of starches and sugars they contain.


Ultra-processed foods and beverages are also not known for their health qualities contain some food additive drugs for which carcinogenic effects are suspected such as titanium dioxide, a white food pigment which can be found in some confectionaries, chewing-gums, and biscuits.  Ultra-processed foods are usually much more  high calorie containing more sugar and sodium overall and fat producing, packaged in plastic which might contain contact materials having damaging effects on health, such as bisphenol A (BPA).


People who consume mostly on whole foods found in nature make them healthy and fit.  Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains, and fish energize the human body and reduce the risk of cancer and other health problems. A healthy diet is best to increase the intake of healthy foods in daily routine diet. Being overweight is the biggest hinder cause of the disease after smoking and processed food does slightly increase the risk of cancer. Ultra-processed sugary products are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.


It cannot say ultra-processed foods are a cause of cancer. The research indicates that people consuming high amounts of ultra-processed food also tend to be obese or overweight. They tend to smoke more and exercise less than others; if these issues are strongly associated and would not lead to halt, then it must found to have elevated cancer risk. Diet is an important factor of being healthy and it increases the intake of healthy foods in daily routine diet. Healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to prevent and control health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.


The results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may increase burden of cancer in the next decades. If the proportion of ultra-processed food in the diet increased by 10%, then the number of cancers detected increased by 12%.


What counts as ultra-processed?

  • Mass-produced packaged breads and buns
  • Sweet or savoury packaged snacks including crisps
  • 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


We should not be worried about what food we eat at all. A newly study suggests that packaged and processed food may not good for health. A balanced and diversified diet should be considered one of the most important public health priorities, eat real food and try to limit processed and ultra-processed items. If unable to control these items on diet, then this may increase the risk of weight gain and all of this has a poor impact on the body and on cellular health too. As many processed foods are acidic forming due to the presence of artificial flavors, additives and emulsifiers. This can deprive blood cells of oxygen and eventually they can become cancerous. 

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