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Ultra-Processed Foods Linked To 32 Health Problems: Study   

| Updated: March 17, 2024 13:59

Ultra-processed food (UPF) is directly linked to 32 health problems, including a higher risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal and respiratory problems, depression, anxiety adverse mental health and early death. A new study published in The BMJ suggests that regularly consuming ultra-processed foods like sweets, crisps, and pre-packaged meats can increase your risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 50%. 

India’s ultra-processed food sector has seen explosive growth in past few years. According to a report by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, the sector grew at a compound annual growth rate of 13.37% between 2011 and 2021 – one of the highest rates globally. 

This upward trend needs to be curbed through policy interventions to prevent an obesity crisis in India similar to what some Western countries are already experiencing. 

 Doctors say this upward trend can be attributed to a couple of reasons, like urbanisation and changing lifestyles, globalisation and market influence, along with growing time constraints that come with the modern lifestyle. 

For the unversed, ultra-processed foods are characterised by extensive industrial processing and the inclusion of additives, preservatives, flavourings, and other substances. Common examples include soft drinks, chips, crackers, instant noodles, sweetened breakfast cereals and fast food items. 

Reducing the intake of ultra-processed foods can contribute to improved overall health, better weight management, and a decreased risk of chronic diseases. It is essential for individuals, communities, and policymakers to work together to promote a healthier food environment. 

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