Link Between Diet and Disease Risk?

It is widely understood that our dietary choices significantly impact our health. A balanced diet is often presumed to enhance well-being, while poor dietary habits are believed to compromise it. But does scientific evidence support this notion?

The answer is a resounding YES! Recently, the esteemed journal The Lancet published a large, long-term study affirming this connection. According to the findings, Ultra Processed Foods (UPF), constituting a significant portion (60%) of the Western Diet, have been implicated. These include packaged foods such as sugary drinks, snacks, chocolates, candies, industrial breads, cakes, chips, cookies, desserts, packaged soups or noodles, and frozen and ready-to-eat meals, along with various types of fast foods. Consumption of these items has been linked to heightened risks of adverse health outcomes, notably cardiovascular diseases, common mental disorders, and mortality. The study encompassed over 250,000 individuals (60% women) across Europe, tracking them for more than a decade.

Of the study participants, 4461 developed both cancer and cardiovascular disease. Researchers observed that even modest consumption, as little as 260 g/day, was associated with an increased risk of multimorbidity (the presence of 2 or more long-term health conditions) of cancer and cardiometabolic diseases.

The research team, based at Deakin University in Australia, investigated findings from existing reviews that amalgamated results from numerous individual studies. Their aim was to offer a comprehensive overview of the “strongest evidence available” regarding the adverse health associations of consuming UPFs.

Reference

Cordova R, Viallon V, Fontvieille E, Peruchet-Noray L, Jansana A, Wagner KH, Kyrø C, Tjønneland A, Katzke V, Bajracharya R, Schulze MB, Masala G, Sieri S, Panico S, Ricceri F, Tumino R, Boer JMA, Verschuren WMM, van der Schouw YT, Jakszyn P, Redondo-Sánchez D, Amiano P, Huerta JM, Guevara M, Borné Y, Sonestedt E, Tsilidis KK, Millett C, Heath AK, Aglago EK, Aune D, Gunter MJ, Ferrari P, Huybrechts I, Freisling H. Consumption of ultra-processed foods and risk of multimorbidity of cancer and cardiometabolic diseases: a multinational cohort study. Lancet Reg Health Eur. 2023 Nov 14;35:100771

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Link Between Diet and Disease Risk

 

It is widely understood that our dietary choices significantly impact our health. A balanced diet is often presumed to enhance well-being, while poor dietary habits are believed to compromise it. But does scientific evidence support this notion?

The answer is a resounding YES! Recently, the esteemed journal The Lancet published a large, long-term study affirming this connection. According to the findings, Ultra Processed Foods (UPF), constituting a significant portion (60%) of the Western Diet, have been implicated. These include packaged foods such as sugary drinks, snacks, chocolates, candies, industrial breads, cakes, chips, cookies, desserts, packaged soups or noodles, and frozen and ready-to-eat meals, along with various types of fast foods. Consumption of these items has been linked to heightened risks of adverse health outcomes, notably cardiovascular diseases, common mental disorders, and mortality. The study encompassed over 250,000 individuals (60% women) across Europe, tracking them for more than a decade.

Of the study participants, 4461 developed both cancer and cardiovascular disease. Researchers observed that even modest consumption, as little as 260 g/day, was associated with an increased risk of multimorbidity (the presence of 2 or more long-term health conditions) of cancer and cardiometabolic diseases.

The research team, based at Deakin University in Australia, investigated findings from existing reviews that amalgamated results from numerous individual studies. Their aim was to offer a comprehensive overview of the “strongest evidence available” regarding the adverse health associations of consuming UPFs.

Reference

Cordova R, Viallon V, Fontvieille E, Peruchet-Noray L, Jansana A, Wagner KH, Kyrø C, Tjønneland A, Katzke V, Bajracharya R, Schulze MB, Masala G, Sieri S, Panico S, Ricceri F, Tumino R, Boer JMA, Verschuren WMM, van der Schouw YT, Jakszyn P, Redondo-Sánchez D, Amiano P, Huerta JM, Guevara M, Borné Y, Sonestedt E, Tsilidis KK, Millett C, Heath AK, Aglago EK, Aune D, Gunter MJ, Ferrari P, Huybrechts I, Freisling H. Consumption of ultra-processed foods and risk of multimorbidity of cancer and cardiometabolic diseases: a multinational cohort study. Lancet Reg Health Eur. 2023 Nov 14;35:100771

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