Ultraprocessed foods to avoid
A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed an alarming statistic: Eating a lot of unhealthy, ultraprocessed foods may shorten your life. Specifically, researchers found that a 10% increase in the consumption of ultraprocessed foods was significantly associated with a 14% higher risk of death from all causes.
Ultraprocessed foods are industrial formulations that typically contain five or more ingredients, and may contain, for example, hydrogenated oils, dyes or flavor enhancers that are not found in other processed foods.
Here's a list of some common ultraprocessed foods to limit or avoid:
Sweet or savory packaged snacks
Margarines and spreads
Cookies, pastries and cakes
Meat and chicken extracts
"Health" and "slimming" products such as powdered or "fortified" meal and dish substitutes
Pre-made pies, pasta and pizza dishes
Poultry and fish "nuggets" and "sticks"
Powdered and packaged "instant" soups, noodles and desserts