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One study indicates that ultra-processed foods may be responsible for up to 10% of premature deaths

One study indicates that ultra-processed foods may be responsible for up to 10% of premature deaths

And study published in scientific journal ‘American Journal of Preventive Medicine’ have shown that Increased consumption of ultra-processed foods was linked to more than 10% of premature deaths And all causes are preventable in Brazil in 2019, although Brazilians consume far less of these products than high-income countries.

highly processed foodsready-to-eat or hot industrial formulations made from ingredients extracted from food or synthesized in laboratories, are gradually replacing traditional foods and meals Made in many countries with fresh and minimally processed ingredients.

“Previous studies have estimated that the health and economic burden Important ingredients, such as sodium, sugar and trans fats, and from specific foods or beverages, such as sugary drinks. To our knowledge, no study to date has estimated the potential impact of ultraprocessed foods on premature deaths. Know the deaths due to consumption of these foods and Models how changes in dietary patterns can support more effective food policies could prevent diseases and premature deaths”, commented the study’s principal investigator Eduardo AF Nilsson from the Center for Epidemiological Research in Nutrition and Health of the University of So Paulo and the Osvaldo Cruz Foundation.

Researchers pooled data from a nationally representative dietary survey to estimate reference intakes of ultra-processed foods by gender and age group. Statistical analysis was used to estimate the proportion of total deaths due to consumption of ultra-processed foods and the effect of reducing the intake of ultra-processed foods by 10, 20 and 50% within those age groups, using data from 2019.

across all age groups and gender categories, Consumption of ultra-processed foods accounted for between 13 and 21% of total intake of food in Brazil during the study period. A total of 541,260 adults aged 30 to 69 years died prematurely in 2019, of which 261,061 were from preventable and non-communicable diseases.

The model found that About 57,000 deaths that year can be attributed to the consumption of ultra-processed foods.which accounted for 10.5% of all premature deaths and 21.8% of all preventable non-communicable diseases in adults aged 30 to 69 years.

researchers suggest that in high-income countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australiawhere ultra-processed foods represent more than half of total caloric intake, The expected effect will be even greater.

According to their calculations, Reduce the consumption of ultra-processed between 10 to 50% About 5,900 to 29,300 premature deaths per year are preventable in Brazil.

“The consumption of ultra-processed foods is associated with the consequences of many diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and other diseases, and represents a significant cause of preventable and premature deaths among Brazilian adults. Even reducing the consumption of ultra-processed foods to levels a decade ago would reduce related premature deaths by 21%. Policies are urgently needed to discourage consumption of ultra-processed foodsNilsson insisted.

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