Regrann from @nathan11.11 - If you’re still eating processed foods, the latest study in the British Medical Journal should be enough to steer you away from this dangerous habit. That’s because French researchers have found that the skyrocketing rates of #cancer deaths can be pinned on the popularity of processed foods like #sodas, sugary #cereal, and ready-made meals.
Ultra-processed foods are loaded with #chemical additives and are a far cry from a #homecooked meal. The more of these foods you eat, the higher your risk grows of getting any type of cancer. This is believed to be due to the higher amounts of #sugar in these foods as well as the low content of #fiber and #vitamins.
In addition, the procedures used in manufacturing and the chemicals and additives used to enhance flavor and prolong shelf life are contributing to the risk. For example, processing food creates carcinogenic compounds like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and acrylamide.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Mathilde Tourier, said: “They all have food additives, they all have compounds formed during the processing and heating of the products, and they have compounds that could come from the packaging itself.” The more processed food you eat, the greater your risk of cancer
Some of the foods that are considered ultra-processed include mass-produced buns and #bread, processed #meats, potato chips, sweets, sodas, nuggets, meatballs, instant noodles, instant soups, and frozen meals. Experts suggest avoiding foods that have more than 15 grams of sugar, 5 grams of saturated fat, or 1.5 grams of salt per 100 grams. - #regrann