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Ultra-Processed and Plastic-Contaminated Food Wreak Havoc on Health

processed foods linked to cancer

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  • The dangers of excess sugar consumption have been well-established and were officially recognized in the 2015-2020 U.S. dietary guidelines, which recommend limiting added sugars to 10 percent of daily calories
  • Sixty percent of the processed foods consumed by Americans is ultra-processed and account for 90 percent of the added sugar consumption in the U.S.
  • Examples of ultra-processed foods include breakfast cereals, pizza, chicken nuggets, soda, chips, salty/sweet/savory snacks, packaged baked goods, microwaveable frozen meals, instant soups and sauces
  • Studies have highlighted the risks of processed high-sugar diets, showing excessive sugar consumption is at the very core of many of our current disease epidemics as it drives obesity and insulin resistance
  • French researchers now warn that ultra-processed foods raise your risk of cancer, and the more ultra-processed foods you eat, the greater your risk; each 10 percent increase in ultra-processed food raised the cancer rate by 12 percent

By Dr. Mercola

The dangers of excess sugar consumption have been well-established and were officially recognized in the 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which recommend limiting added sugars to a maximum of 10 percent of your daily calories. Make no mistake, however, that this goal is nearly impossible to achieve on a processed food diet.


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