What's New ? - 2019

What's New ? - 2019

Ultraprocessed food consumption and risk of mortality

16 February, 2019

French researchers published a study in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal that found for every 10% increase in the amount of ultra-processed foods consumers eat, there is a 14% higher risk of early death. The study also found that consumption of ultra-processed foods has increased significantly over the last several decades to now more than 29% of total calories consumed. Most of these foods are ingested as snacks, desserts or ready-to-eat meals. Higher processed food consumption was linked to younger ages, lower incomes, lower educational levels, living alone, higher BMI's and lower physical activity levels.
The researchers used 44,551 French adults 45 and older for two years to conduct this study. Out of the 44,551 French adults that were monitored, the average age was 57 and nearly 73% of the participants were women.
An increase in ultraprocessed foods consumption appears to be associated with an overall higher mortality risk among this adult population.