Cancer Linked to Ultra-Processed Foods
Thursday, Scientists suggested on a link between cancer and “ultra-processed” foods such as cookies, fizzy drinks and sugary cereals, and virtually all fast food offerings, some nutritional experts cautioned against reading too much into the study results.
Researchers from France and Brazil used data from nearly 105,000 French adults who completed online questionnaires detailing their intake of 3,300 different food items.
This was compared to cases of diagnosed cancer among the group.
“The results show that a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with increases of 12% in the risk of overall cancer and 11% in the risk of breast cancer,” according to statement from The BMJ which published the research.
Foods on the list included packaged breads, buns, pizzas and cakes, crisps, industrially-produced desserts, sodas, fish and chicken nuggets, instant noodles and soups, and frozen ready meals.
They stressed their research showed no more than a correlation between a diet high in ultra-processed foods and cancer. This could be coincidental, and does not prove conclusively that these types of food actively cause cancer.
Processed foods excludes many home-made or artisanal foods such as bread, cakes, biscuits, butter, meat, cheese, tinned fruit and vegetables as well as sugar and salt used in domestic/home food preparation.
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