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NewsBites May 2019 Issue

Ultra-processed Foods Also Associated with Higher Risk of Death

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine published recent research that a higher intake of ultra-processed foods, such as packaged snacks, desserts, sugary drinks, processed meats, and ready-made meals, was associated with higher death risk among middle-aged adults in France. Utilizing dietary records of 44,551 participants in the French NutriNet-Sante Study, researchers found that higher consumption of ultra-processed foods was associated with higher mortality. The authors recommend further study to confirm these findings and disentangle the various mechanisms by which ultra-processed foods may affect health.

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