of fizzy drinks, packaged baked goods, instant noodles, sugary
cereals, candy and ready-made meals could raise your cancer
a study in the British Medical Journal which has found an
association between such "ultra-processed" foods
typically high in sugar, fat and salt but low in nutrition
and increased risk of cancer.
based in France and Brazil analyzed medical records and eating
habits obtained through questionnaires of nearly 105,000
middle-aged French men and women.
suggest that a 10 percent increase in the proportion of
ultra-processed foods in a persons diet was correlated with
a 12 percent higher risk of overall cancer and an 11 percent
higher risk of breast cancer. No significant association was
found for prostate and colorectal cancers.
studies have linked highly processed foods to raised risks of
obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate and
highlight an increase in the risk of overall and
specifically breast cancer associated with ultra-processed
food intake," the authors noted.
researchers accounted for known cancer risk factors including
age, sex, education level, family history of cancer, smoking
status and physical activity levels.
noted that the subjects who had the highest ultra-processed
food intake were also more likely to be smokers, had lower
levels of education, were less physically active and consumed
an observational study, so no firm conclusions can be drawn
about cause and effect, researchers acknowledge. Further study
is needed, but these results suggest that the rapidly
increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods "may
drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next
decades," researchers warn.