The risk of cancer from ultra-processed foods

Victor Dang
Mar 8, 2018 · 2 min read
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Do you regularly eat highly processed foods?

A new French study suggests that, once again, doing so may be bad for your health. It may lead to an increased risk of certain cancers.

Researchers looked at nearly 105,000 adults who completed dietary surveys over a period of 5 years. By the end of the interval, about 2,228 cases of cancer had been diagnosed. Cases of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer were among those identified cases.

Some common ingredients used in highly-processed foods (certain additives and chemicals like titanium dioxide) have carcinogenic properties, and may have contributed to the cases.

The food packaging may also be a contributing factor since plastics contain carcinogenic bisphenol A (BPA).

It’s estimated that for every 10 percent increase in the consumption of ultra-processed foods, the general risk of developing cancer increases by 12 percent.

While these results will need to be confirmed further, it’s still something to keep in mind when deciding what to eat on a daily basis.

For additional information, please see BMJ.

Questions: Do you have strategies to help you eat well on a daily basis? How successful are you at generally avoiding highly-processed foods?

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Thanks to Lana Camiel

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