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Eating ‘ultraprocessed’ foods linked with early death
The Washington Post

They may be tasty, but ultraprocessed foods are not what the doctor ordered. Yet these foods — which are high in salt, sugar and other additives — are an increasingly large part of people’s diets. And now, a new study suggests that these foods may increase the risk of early death.

The research showed that increased consumption of ultraprocessed foods was associated with a higher risk of death over a seven-year period.

It’s important to note that the study found only an association and does not prove that ultraprocessed food consumption causes premature death.  But the researchers hypothesized that these foods could contribute to a shorter life span in a number of ways — for example, by increasing a person’s risk of heart disease, cancer and other illnesses.