Eating Ultra Processed Ready to Eat or Heat Foods Linked to Premature Death

A new study found that increased consumption of ultra-processed foods was linked to more than 10% premature, preventable deaths in Brazil in 2019

This is particularly alarming, as Brazilians consume far less of these products than those in high-income countries.

Ultra-processed foods are gradually replacing traditional foods and meals made from fresh and minimally processed ingredients in many countries.

These are ready-to-eat-or-heat industrial formulations made from ingredients extracted from foods or synthesized in laboratories

These are known to be unhealthy, finds a new research study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine published by Elsevier.

that increased consumption of these foods was linked to more than 10% of premature, preventable deaths in Brazil in 2019.

This is despite the fact that Brazilians consume far less of these products than those in high-income countries

Dr. Nilsson and colleagues modeled data from a nationally representative dietary survey to estimate baseline intake of UPFs by age group

Statistical analyzes were used to estimate the proportion of total deaths.

which accounted for UPF consumption and the effect of reducing UPF intake by 10%, 20% and 50% within those age groups, using data from 2019.

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