Ultra-processed foods linked to increased cancer risk: Study

Updated: Feb 7 2023 3:44PM

London, Feb 7 (PTI) Higher consumption of ultra-processed foods may be associated with an increased risk of developing and dying from cancer, according to a study.

Ultra-processed foods are heavily processed during their production, such as fizzy drinks, mass-produced packaged breads, many ready meals and most breakfast cereals. These foods are also generally higher in salt, fat, sugar, and contain artificial additives. Researchers from Imperial College London and colleagues produced the most comprehensive assessment to date of the association between ultra-processed foods and the risk of developing cancers.

"This study adds to the growing evidence that ultra-processed foods are likely to negatively impact our health including our risk for cancer," said Eszter Vamos, lead senior author of the study, from Imperial College London.