Ultra-processed Foods can lead to higher risk of various Cancers

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In an article on ScienceDaily.com, a study, led by researchers from the University of Bristol and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), links the consumption of ultra-processed foods (UPFs) with a higher risk of developing upper aerodigestive tract cancers. Analyzing data from over 450,000 adults over 14 years, they found a 23-24% increased risk of head and neck cancer and esophageal adenocarcinoma for those consuming 10% more UPFs. Surprisingly, the association wasn’t substantially explained by increased body fat, prompting exploration into other potential factors like food additives and contaminants. The authors advise caution due to possible biases but emphasize the need for further research on UPFs’ impact on health. They suggest a focus beyond weight loss alone in preventing these cancers related to UPF consumption.

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