Providing further evidence of the dangers of 'ultra-processed' foods, a study (Association Between Ultraprocessed Food Consumption and Risk of Mortality Among Middle-aged Adults in France) published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal has linked their consumption to a higher risk of an early death.
Already known to be linked to the development of chronic diseases, the researchers found that every 10 percent increase in the intake of foods such as,
...is associated with a
14 percent higher risk of death within the following 7 years.
During the 7 years in which they were followed, a total of 602 people died.
After adjusting the results to take account of other factors such as smoking that could have contributed to this outcome, the researchers concluded that higher consumption of ultra-processed foods is associated with a significantly increased risk of death...
In countries such as,
...such foods now account for over 60 percent of the average adult's diet.
Significantly, they are also associated with,
The problem is not solely confined to the Western world, however.
Over the past 2 decades, the fast-food industry and obesity rates have grown rapidly in China. Research shows that over one-third of Chinese adults are now overweight or obese.
In major Chinese cities,
such as Beijing or Shanghai, the problem is even worse. In such
areas, more than half of the adult population is now overweight.
In South Africa, research suggests that over 29 percent of men and more than 56 percent of women are overweight or obese. In Nigeria, the prevalence of overweight and obese people is similarly of epidemic proportions.
Research suggests that up to 35 percent of Nigerians are overweight, with up to 22 percent being obese.
Already dominating the food supplies of high-income countries, and rapidly increasing in middle-income countries, the scale and power of the companies producing these products is colossal.
Globally, the food and
beverage market was valued at $5.6 trillion in 2017.
agricultural methods are stripping ever higher levels of
nutrients from our soil. If the necessary nutrients aren't present
in the soil when food is grown, they won't be there when we eat it.
Through its mass production and global promotion of calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods, the multinational food industry is directly fueling the incidence of chronic diseases and the profits of the pharma industry.
creating a new healthcare system based on natural preventive
approaches requires freeing ourselves not just from dependency on
the pharma industry, but from the multinational food industry as
With the global health
effects of intensive agricultural methods and
ultra-processed foods becoming ever more apparent, the time to
implement these changes is now...