They often has a long list of ingredients and are typically higher in sugar, salt and fat, with lower fibre and vitamin content.
The journal The BMJ published a pair of large studies on ultra-processed foods out of Europe today, revealing new potential - and quite serious - health risks associated with eating these products. Dietary intakes were collected using repeated 24 hour dietary records (5.7 for each participant on average), created to register participants' usual consumption of 3300 food items.
Researchers then monitored rates of diseases over 10 years (2009-2018) and found that a 10 per cent increase of the amount of ultra-processed food in the diet was associated with significantly higher rates of overall cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease (increase of 12%, 13%, and 11% respectively).
They also noted a significant link between unprocessed or minimally processed foods and lower risks of all reported diseases.
In the second study, researchers asked 19,899 Spanish university graduates with an average age of 38 years to complete a 136-item dietary questionnaire as part of the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra (SUN) study.
According to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, common ultra-processed foods include soft drinks, chips, chocolate, candy, ice cream, sugary cereals, packaged soups, muffins, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, cakes and fries. Participants who ate more than four servings of processed food per day had a 62% increased risk of all-cause mortality compared to those who ate less than two servings. Adding additional daily servings increased the death risk by 18-percent.
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Both studies are observational so can't establish causality, and there's a possibility that some of the observed risks may be due to unmeasured confounding factors.
Scientists accounted for lifestyle risk factors and markers of dietary quality to improve their findings.
The public should be encouraged to eat fresh where possible, the researchers said, though more evidence is needed to understand the effect of highly-processed foods.
A new batch of research highlights a number of health risks linked to eating ultra-processed foods, which include things like soda, chips, packaged candies, and many other frequently consumed food products.
Professor Mark Lawrence, nutrition expert at Deakin University in Australia, said research should look at how ultra-processed foods harm different populations around the world.