Ultra-processed food increases stroke and heart attack risk

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“These findings lend support to minimising UPF intake as a component of a heart-healthy diet,” scientists wrote in the study. Photo: Pexels


(Vishwam Sankaran/ The Independent) — Two new studies have found conclusive links between the consumption of ultra-processed foods (UPF) with increased cardiac disease risk, including heart attacks and strokes.

The research, presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Amsterdam, found highly processed food sold in stores across the world, such as fizzy drinks, cereals and ready-to-eat meals, may lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension.

Henry Dimbleby, the UK government’s former food tsar, said the findings should be a “wake-up call” for the country.

“Britain is particularly bad for ultra-processed food. It is storing up problems for the future,” he told The Guardian. “If we do nothing, a tidal wave of harm is going to hit the NHS.”

One of the studies, conducted by scientists from the Fourth Military Medical University in China, conducted a review of 10 studies that included 325,403 participants and 38,720 cases of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, including heart attack and stroke. (…)

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