Amazing: Ultra-processed foods suddenly increase heart risks

Ultra-processed foods

New research reveals that ultra-processed foods significantly increase the risk. High blood pressure, heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes are risks. The studies were presented at the Amsterdam’s European Society of Cardiology annual meeting.

One 15-year study tracked 10,000 women. It found that those with the highest proportion of UPFs in their diet were more likely to develop high blood pressure, 39% more. This was compared to those with the lowest intake. Another meta-analysis of over 325,000 men and women showed something. It showed that the highest consumers of UPFs were 24% more likely to have cardiovascular events. The cardiovascular events were like heart attacks, strokes, and angina.

UPFs include cereals, protein bars, fizzy drinks, ready meals, and fast food. Another meta-analysis of over 325,000 men and women showed something compared to those with the lowest intake. For some groups, significantly younger and poorer populations, 80% of their diet can consist of UPFs.

The new findings add to growing evidence that UPFs directly harm cardiovascular health. For some groups, 80% of their diet can consist of UPFs. The groups are significantly younger and poorer populations. Many people are unaware that these convenient choices may contribute to high blood pressure.

UPFs tend to be low in fiber and nutrients. They are often high in salt, sugar, and additives like preservatives. Previous studies have linked high UPF consumption to obesity, diabetes, and cancer. But the new research suggests ultra-processing itself, beyond just salt/sugar content, causes harm.

Experts called the results a “wake-up call.” They want to see stricter regulation. Like warning labels on packaging and restrictions on marketing. Especially for ads targeting children. Some compared UPFs to tobacco. They said governments worldwide need to take action. We need to change unhealthy modern food culture. And reduce UPF consumption.

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