Living Well: Ultra-Processed Foods May Shorten Life Span

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We all know that eating processed foods isn’t the healthiest of choices, and according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, eating a lot of unhealthy, “ultra-processed” foods may even shorten your life span. 

Researchers found that a 10 percent increase in your consumption of ultra-processed foods was linked to a 14 percent higher risk of death.

Ultra-processed foods are typically formulated with salt, sugar, oils and fats, dyes or flavors, and other additives.

So the next time you’re cruising the grocery store aisles, try to avoid these items: Carbonated and fruit-flavored drinks; ice cream, margarine and spreads; cookies, pastries and cakes; pre-made pies, pasta and pizza dishes; chicken nuggets; burgers; and hot dogs.

You can still enjoy these foods, but to live a longer, healthier life, keep it in moderation.

So what foods should you eat? Healthier options include foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, such as raw fruits and vegetables. 

By the way, according to one study, 58 percent of the food Americans consume is “ultra-processed.”

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