Food Facts Eating ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer,’ study says

The study discovered that people who eat more ultra-processed food have a higher risk of cancer. Such foods are the ones with unrecognizable and unpronounceable words on the list of ingredients.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

A new study, published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal, found that a 10 percent increase in the amount of ultra-processed foods in a person's diet was linked to a 12 percent increase in cancers of some kind.

We eat a lot of ultra-processed food and these foods tend to be sugary and not so great for us. So, when we talk about ultra-processed foods, we have to remember that it’s a vague category that only loosely communicates the nutrition of its foods.

 

Foods including diet coke, cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as "ultra-processed". These are what are usually used in the making of unprocessed foods; food coloring, flavor extracts, artificial sweeteners, anti-caking agents and many more.

READ ALSO: Ebony’s jollof is the best in the whole world – OGee The MC

The study discovered that people who eat more ultra-processed food have a higher risk of cancer. Such foods are the ones with unrecognizable and unpronounceable words on the list of ingredients (anything from the candy that turns your tongue blue to healthier-sounding canned soups packed with artificial flavors, additives or emulsifiers.)

Most food is processed to some degree, but ultra-processed foods are typically much more calorie-, sodium- and sugar packed.

"This study doesn't mean that people should think 'if I eat this cracker, I'm going to get cancer,' " McCullough said. "The overriding message of this study was really to look at an overall diet pattern rather than a specific ingredient, and it supports a lot of what we already know."

READ ALSO: How to prepare chocolate pancakes

Eating more highly processed foods are probably eating fewer healthy foods, which may help prevent cancer. Nutritionists recommend a diet rich in whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables instead of foods that have little nutritional value.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Pulse Food How to prepare light soup the Ghanaian waybullet
2 Pulse Food How to make homemade chocolate for your loved onebullet
3 Pulse Food How to prepare fante fantebullet
4 Pulse Food How to prepare beef burgerbullet
5 Pulse Food How to make granola at homebullet
6 Pulse Food How to prepare chocolate pancakesbullet
7 Pulse Food How to prepare tomato sandwichbullet
8 Pulse Food How to prepare pesto pastabullet
9 DIY Recipes How to prepare Ghanaian vegetable stewbullet
10 Pulse Food How to prepare banku and okro stewbullet

Top Videos

1 Meet the Ghanaian private chef who is cooking for all the big names...bullet
2 Travel 5 reasons to visit Accrabullet
3 Food 101 Kooko ne Kontomire abomu - Food 101bullet
4 Lifestyle 5 things Ghana brought to the worldbullet
5 X'mas Ways to add flavour to your rice this Christmasbullet
6 Food 101 How To Prepare Fried Plantain And Beans Stew - Food 101bullet
7 Vacationing How to travel light for your Christmas vacationbullet

Food & Travel