Speed Reading — Ultra-processed Food - Level 5 — 300 wpm

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A study reveals further possible dangers of eating ultra-processed food. Consuming food like sausages, frozen pizza, ready-to-eat meals, sodas and cakes can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease or early death. Ultra-processed food is made in factories from ingredients that are largely or totally from a laboratory. They are things like preservatives, flavour enhancers, colourings, sugar and fats. The 28-year study was on 200,000 people in the USA. A researcher said men who ate a lot of ultra-processed food had a 29 per cent higher risk of developing bowel cancer.

We are eating more and more ultra-processed food. The WHO says it make ups around two-thirds of the calories of American children and teenagers. A doctor said children who ate ultra-processed food gained weight more quickly than those who ate a well balanced diet. She said we get a large percentage of our daily calories from this food. She advised us to look after our bodies better through our diets. She said we should substitute ultra-processed food with unprocessed or minimally processed food to prevent cancer, obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

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