Ultra-processed food consumption can increases the danger of cardiovascular disease and mortality, in step with a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The authors investigated the associations between ultra-processed foods and CVD incidence and mortality in the participants from Framingham Offspring Cohort.
For each additional daily serving of processed foods, like cola drinks, burgers, and doughnuts, there was an increased risk for cardiovascular disease by 5%, coronary heart disease by 9%, and death from cardiovascular disease by as much as 9%.
Possible reasons for the increased cardiovascular disease risk include higher consumption of trans fats, sugar, and sodium and lower intakes of potassium, cardioprotective nutrients found in fruits and vegetables, and dietary fiber in diets high in processed foods, also as changes to gut microbiota.
Previous research also links processed food consumption (high in energy) and obesity. These findings support minimizing processed food intake for disease prevention and increase lifespan.