What you need to know about ultra-processed food

A STUDY published in May 2019 by JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that ultra-processed foods often have fewer nutrients but they contain higher amount of sugar, saturated fat and additive food associated with increased risk for chronic diseases.

Ultra-processed food is ready to eat and microwaveable. It includes bread, breakfast cereals, instant noodles, chicken nuggets, chocolate bars, candies, artificially sweetened beverages and chips.

According to Harvard Medical School, researchers found a direct statistical connection between higher intake of ultra-processed food and a higher risk of early death from all causes, especially cancers and cardiovascular disease.

“Several factors might explain the connection…. Ultra-processed foods often have fewer nutrients than unprocessed foods, and they contain higher amounts of sugar, salt, saturated fat, and food additives, all of which are associated with an increased risk for chronic diseases,” Harvard Medical School stated.

“Besides cutting back on processed foods, the researchers suggested people read food labels when shopping and choose products with a shorter list of ingredients and few or no additives.”

A local woman interviewed by this writer believes that the cause of her stroke may be her drinking a lot of soda and other unhealthy food which she loves.

She said she has regained all muscle senses after her stroke and now she drinks water throughout the day instead of soda or other artificially sweetened drinks.

She said she tries to eat locally grown food as much as she can.