Ready-to-eat meals, frozen pizza can kill you early in life, study warns

New York, November 7 (SocialNews.XYZ) Daily consumption of ultra-processed foods like pre-packaged soups, sauces, frozen pizzas and ready meals can kill you early in life, and according to new research, consumption of these foods was associated with more than 10% of all…causing premature and preventable deaths in Brazil in 2019.

Although Brazilians consume far fewer of these products than high-income countries, the consumption of ultra-processed foods with little or no whole foods in their ingredients contributed to 57,000 premature deaths in Brazil in 2019, reports report. investigators in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.


These ready-to-eat or reheat industrial formulations based on food-extracted or laboratory-synthesized ingredients have gradually replaced traditional foods and meals based on fresh, minimally processed ingredients in many countries.

“Previous modeling studies have estimated the health and economic burden of critical ingredients, such as sodium, sugar, and trans fats, and specific foods or beverages, such as sugary drinks,” the researcher explained. principal, Eduardo AF Nilson, from the University of Sao Paulo. and Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil.

“To our knowledge, no study to date has estimated the potential impact of ultra-processed foods on premature death. Knowing deaths attributable to the consumption of these foods and modeling how changes in dietary habits can support More effective food policies could prevent disease and premature death,” Nilson said.

Examples of ultra-processed foods are prepackaged soups, sauces, frozen pizzas, ready meals, hot dogs, sausages, sodas, ice cream, and store-bought cookies, cakes, candies, and donuts.

Across all age groups and sex strata, consumption of ultra-processed foods ranged from 13% to 21% of total dietary intake in Brazil during the study period.

A total of 5,41,260 adults aged 30-69 died prematurely in 2019, including 2,61,061 from preventable non-communicable diseases.

The model found that approximately 57,000 deaths that year could be attributed to the consumption of ultra-processed foods, which corresponded to 10.5% of all premature deaths and 21.8% of all deaths. due to preventable non-communicable diseases in adults aged 30-69 years.

The researchers suggested that in high-income countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, where ultra-processed foods account for more than half of total calorie intake, the estimated impact would be even higher.

Reducing consumption of ultra-processed foods and promoting healthier food choices may require multiple public health interventions and measures.

“The consumption of ultra-processed foods is associated with many diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers and other illnesses, and it is a significant cause of preventable and premature death in children. Brazilian adults,” Nilson said.

Source: IANS

Ready-to-eat meals, frozen pizza can kill you early in life, study warns

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