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Pizza And Cake Could Increase Your Risk Of Cancer

Pizza And Cake Could Increase Your Risk Of Cancer

"People shouldn't worry about eating a bit of processed food here and there based on this study". "The challenge now is to disentangle the different foods and understand this relationship to see what specifically is having this effect".

"This study supports what we have been recommending for a long time", McCullough said.

Still, there are no nutritional drawbacks to eating a diet that contains fewer ultra-processed foods, he notes.

"Eating a balanced diet, avoiding junk food and maintaining a healthy weight are things we can all do to help stack the odds in our favour".

This includes convenience foods, such as mass-produced baked breads and buns, snacks and cookies - plus those staples of modern-day childhood, chicken nuggets and fish sticks, Srour said. Each person was tasked with responding to two online dietary questionnaires that were created to record their intake of around 3,300 different types of food items.

The new report was published online February 14 in the BMJ.

Processed foods often come with downsides such as high levels of added sugars and sodium, says Amy Keating R.D., a Consumer Reports' nutritionist. He is a faculty researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Previous similar studies have focused on obesity.

Consumers of such foods are also more likely to smoke, be less active and ingest more calories, she added.

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Even the BMJ's editorial acknowledges that there are problems with the definition - and that this will affect interpretation of the results.

A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer.

To some degree this is on the grounds that processed foods are additionally connected with weight, which has been linked to cancer dangers, Linda Bauld, of Cancer Research UK, told the BBC.

Researchers from France and Brazil used data from almost 105,000 French adults who completed online questionnaires detailing their intake of 3,300 different food items.

Several well-known risk factors including age, educational level, sex, smoking status, physical activity levels, and family history of cancer were also taken into account.

The results, in the British Medical Journal, showed that if the proportion of ultra-processed food in the diet increased by 10%, then the number of cancers detected increased by 12%. However, no significant associations were found for prostate and colorectal cancers.

They found no cancer link to less processed foods - such as canned vegetables, cheeses and freshly made unpackaged bread.

"SCR 100 would warn Californians about the clear-cut cancer risk of consuming cold cuts and other processed meat", says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. However, further studies would be needed in other populations to confirm the results.


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