French researchers have all but confirmed the dangerous effects that consuming processed foods cause to our human body. They believe that ultra-processed foods can be responsible for creating cancerous cells inside a human body.
In short, eating out as well as consuming junk food regularly is likely to cause you cancer.
Its not too far-fetched to say that in today’s world, many of us rely on on fast food or other forms of processed foods such as cakes, chicken nuggets, and mass-produced breads, to get through their day. Many people believe that they have not got enough time to cook food for themselves or family, when food is just a call or taps away.
The foods we mentioned above? They are categorically mentioned as ‘ultra-processed’ foods by the researchers, and are likely to cause you cancer.
The research was conducted by health professionals, who monitored a humongous group of 105,000 people. These people were exposed to highly-processed foods.
The subjects of the research were mainly middle-aged women. According to the final results, the group who increased their intake of ultra-processed foods in their diets by 10%, it was found that their chances of developing cancer also increased by 12%.
List of Ultra Processed Food Items
What can be included in the group of ultra-processed foods that we are better off avoiding? The French researchers who conducted the study have provided a reference list of them:
- Sodas and sweetened drinks
- Chocolate bars and sweets
- Mass-produced packaged breads and buns
- Sweet or savory packaged snacks including crisps
- Meatballs, poultry, and fish nuggets
- Instant noodles and soups
- Frozen or shelf-life ready meals
- Foods made mostly or entirely of sugar, oils, and fats
Despite the devastating results of the ultra-processed foods as shown in the study, the researchers were reluctant to blame the ultra-processed foods directly for causing cancer. However, they termed the study as “an initial insight.”