Further light has been shed on possible dangers of eating ultra-processed food. new study has revealed that consuming food such as sausages, frozen pizza, ready-to-eat meals, sodas and cakes can increase risk of cancer, heart disease or earlier death. Ultra-processed food includes products made in factories from ingredients that are largely or entirely made in laboratory. They are added with things like preservatives, flavour enhancers, colourings, sugar and fats. research was conducted on over 200,000 people in USA over 28-year period. Researcher Dr Fang Fang Zhang said men who ate lot of ultra-processed food had 29 per cent higher risk of developing bowel cancer.
Ultra-processed foods make up growing proportion of food we eat. The WHO says they account for around two-thirds of calories in diets of American children and teenagers. Dr Zhang said children who ate ultra-processed food gained weight more quickly than those who ate more nutritious and well balanced diet. She said: "Americans consume large percentage of their daily calories from ultra-processed foods." She gave advice on how people can look after their bodies better through their diets. She said: "We should consider substituting ultra-processed foods with unprocessed or minimally processed foods in our diet for cancer prevention and for prevention of obesity and cardiovascular diseases."