Sick And Stupid

Ultra-processed food takes our brain, youth and years of life

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In the second study, researchers based in Spain evaluated possible associations between ultra-processed food intake and risk of death from any cause (“all-cause mortality”).

Their findings were based on 19,899 Spanish university graduates (7,786 men, 12,113 women) with an average age of 38 years who completed a dietary questionnaire as part of the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra (SUN) study.

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Results showed that higher consumption of ultra-processed foods (more than 4 servings per day) was associated with a 62% increased risk of all causes of mortality compared with lower consumption (less than 2 servings per day). For each additional daily serving of ultra-processed food, mortality risk relatively increased by 18% (a dose-response effect).

In a third article commenting on the researchers, the authors said policy makers “should shift their priorities away from food reformulation—which risks positioning ultra-processed food as a solution to dietary problems—towards a greater emphasis on promoting the availability, affordability, and accessibility of unprocessed or minimally processed foods.”

References Bernard Srour, Léopold K Fezeu, Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot, Benjamin Allès, Caroline Méjean, Roland M Andrianasolo, Eloi Chazelas, Mélanie Deschasaux, Serge Hercberg, Pilar Galan, Carlos A Monteiro, Chantal Julia, Mathilde Touvier. Ultra-processed food intake and risk of cardiovascular disease: prospective cohort study (NutriNet-Santé). BMJ, 2019; l1451 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.l1451 Anaïs Rico-Campà, Miguel A Martínez-González, Ismael Alvarez-Alvarez, Raquel de Deus Mendonça, Carmen de la Fuente-Arrillaga, Clara Gómez-Donoso, Maira Bes-Rastrollo. Association between consumption of ultra-processed foods and all cause mortality: SUN prospective cohort study. BMJ, 2019; l1949 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.l1949 Mark A Lawrence, Phillip I Baker. Ultra-processed food and adverse health outcomes. BMJ, 2019; l2289 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.l2289
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