These foods will send you to an early death

A study of 44,500 people has uncovered a strong link between eating badly and dying.

Foods that increase death risk

A new study of 44,500 men and women has uncovered a strong link between eating badly and dying. The study revealed that every 10 per cent increase in overall dietary intake of ultra-processed food was associated with a 14 per cent greater risk of death from any cause.

Ultra-processed foods are defined as foods created through multiple industrial processes and are generally snacks, desserts or ready-to-eat or heat meals. These can include but are not limited to chicken nuggets, instant noodle soups and preserved meat products.

The scientists believed that there were several explanations for the findings. Many ultra-processed foods contain either large amounts of salt, excessive amounts of sugar and contained small amounts of fibre.

Fibre has been shown in other studies to reduce mortality risk and therefore is an important ingredient in foods.

High sodium intake has been linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease and stomach cancer. While excessive sugar in the diet was also linked to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease death.

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    feefifofum
    18th Feb 2019
    1:52pm
    Put extra taxes on these highly processed, unhealthy foods. Make fresh fruit, veggies, un-processed whole foods cheaper. I can’t believe the amount of crap that some people load into their shopping trolleys. Make it easier for people to choose healthy food instead of the sugary, salty $hit everyone goes for.
    JB
    18th Feb 2019
    4:28pm
    Agree totally!!!
    KB
    18th Feb 2019
    4:30pm
    There are hidden salt and sugars in all foods that are processed.
    musicveg
    25th Feb 2019
    2:40am
    And rancid oils, all oil is rancid and unhealthy, anything crunchy is usually made in oil. Processed oils are very unhealthy, if you want a fresh olive oil get it from farmhousedirect.com, or use coconut oil which does not go rancid.
    KB
    18th Feb 2019
    4:30pm
    There are hidden salt and sugars in all foods that are processed.
    PlanB
    19th Feb 2019
    9:03am
    So very hard to get wonderful Veg and fruit these days -- all picked too early and it is too hard to eat but goes off in a few days and is uneatable and tastes NOTHING like it should OR used to -- and it is because the growers are FORCED by the supermarkets to pick early b4 ripe so as the supermarkets can have them on THEIR shelves for 10 days -- and they will not buy from the growers unless that is so.
    Blossom
    21st Feb 2019
    11:19pm
    Some growers have picked their fruit early for many years. They are a lot less likely to bruise during transport.....Supermarkets put leftover stock back into original packaging and into coolrooms overnight. .........A lot of vegetable growers have their own coolrooms so they have stock during the off season.
    Cat
    20th Feb 2019
    12:10am
    As a vegan I find that there is not enough variety of vegetables available to sustain the healthy rhetoric, whether you are vegan or not. There are only a few types of root veges in the supermarket or even individual fruit and vege shops. And only about eight different others, and the familiar salad gear. I do all kinds of different things with them but there needs to be more variety if the health mandate says 5 serves of vegetables per day. Well it will get really monotonous with only about a dozen or so types of the same vegetables available in the supermarkets. And the cost. $13.00 per kilo for brussell sprouts. It has gotten too expensive. No wonder meat eaters skip it and just get takaway. Unhealthy, but easy and affordable. Getting your five serves of veges takes more thought, effort, planning and money. I am fit and healthy, but tired and broke.
    KSS
    20th Feb 2019
    7:45am
    Its really not that hard to get 5 serves of veg a day Cat and 5 different ones at that. People have just forgotten what a serve actually is: 1/4 cup cooked or 1/2 cup raw vegs or 1 cup of salad greens is a serve.

    The 'old' diet of cooked breakfast with mushrooms and tomatoes means 2 serves, the old 'meat & two veg' (even carrots and peas and that's without the potato) accounts for two more, then say a sandwich with lettuce, cucumber, beetroot makes up the 5th and 6th serve.
    Anonymous
    20th Feb 2019
    11:09am
    Cat,

    What about adding the Mackenzie or similar dried soup mixes (whole legumes and grains) for slow-cooked soups and veggie casseroles? I usually add a little more water to have soup to take off and the thicker casserole for meals.

    I now preference frozen veggies to fresh for small household convenience and budgeting.



    NB
    I read somewhere that where members of the cabbage family are concerned, the pre-freezing production process removes certain of the valued antioxidants that may prevent cancer. The remedy as I recall is to eat radish with the meal. Radish was said to have an enzyme that corrects the problem.

    Maybe some here have more information on that.
    Cat
    20th Feb 2019
    3:44pm
    That is a great suggestion with the soup mixes LJ, and will give me the protein as well. I really love the green split pea soup cooked with onions, garlic and celery, with some tinned beans and pasta noodles added, but I should re-visit at all the other mixes as well. I had a bad experience years ago with a bag of dried borlotti beans that didn't cook in the stated time even after soaking, and I ended up with a mass of semi hard borlotti bean casserole and stayed away from most of the dried stuff since then as I don't know what the trick is for getting them soft.

    I definitely need to add in some frozen veg to cut down on prep time as I have been using all fresh for years after experiencing mushy and tasteless bags of brussell sprouts and broccili decades ago. Hopefully these frozen products have improved. A mix of fresh and frozen would be more do-able. And I have been getting into the radishes lately as finely grated they add a zing to Buddha vege bowls and salads.

    KSS - It looks like one serve of veg is 1/2 cup cooked not 1/4 according to the AU gov info I am looking at.
    Blossom
    21st Feb 2019
    11:15pm
    In most cases frozen vegetables are processed in a remarkably short time. One particular company watches for the next truck of vegetables to come in ready to be unloaded. Some crops are grown within eye vision and they can see the trucks leaving and arriving at the processor.
    Cat
    22nd Feb 2019
    5:37pm
    Blossom, it's interesting to hear how quick that process is and the logistics. I have read a number of times in articles on nutrition that frozen veges retain more nutrients than ones that are sold 'fresh' due to the quick time that they are frozen, unlike the fresh that lose their nutrients during the length of time in transport and storage.

    Being a buyer of a lot of fresh veges, I find on quite a regular basis that some fresh veges are visibley not fresh. I am all for abnormal shapes, and I can understand some wilting due to heat. I try to still buy if it is viable to support the farmers as much as I can, but sometimes I go to buy something like zucchinis, and find that they are shriveled up and rotting with the flesh turning to goop. Zucchinis seem to be prone to this.
    musicveg
    25th Feb 2019
    2:42am
    I am vegan too and don't worry too much about variety, just fresh, I am lucky I have a great organic supplier, it tastes better, but try growing your own if you have space, even a few greens in a pot on the patio. Recipes can be found at forksoverknives.com or onegreenplanet.com
    Nose Hair Bob
    20th Feb 2019
    4:18pm
    Cat, this is a great vid on how to avoid lectin poisoning or how to cook dried beans safely. https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-to-avoid-lectin-poisoning/
    Cat
    22nd Feb 2019
    5:16pm
    Thank you for that link Nose Hair Bob. I just bought some dried lima beans yesterday and was thinking I will have to look up how to cook them, so this will come in handy.
    Aquarian
    24th Feb 2019
    12:19pm
    I think you will find that no matter how healthy you eat. You will die. So eat something that tastes good!
    Nose Hair Bob
    24th Feb 2019
    1:43pm
    That's like saying no matter how many times you dash across a busy highway, you will eventually die. So run where it's safer.
    MD
    24th Feb 2019
    4:27pm
    Actually Aquarian I follow your point: and NHB, the element/degree of risk associated with a "dash across a busy highway" not in the least bit comparable.

    That we're all bound for the boneyard is a given and like it or not without any undue stress or associated guilt, eating healthy by means of a balanced diet requires little effort or planning. Food preference is a matter for the individual and if gross numbers and the (everyday evident) size of too many fatties nowadays is indicative then I'd suggest their "dash across a busy highway" is fraught with extreme danger. Maybe a Macca's beckons?
    Nose Hair Bob
    24th Feb 2019
    4:48pm
    I do get the dying point but was mainly reacting to the 'eat what tastes good' line, and when did kale or broccoli ever taste good compared to bacon and eggs or a good greasy hamburger...never, but yea balance the diet. It just makes it easier to sprint across the road when lean and mean. :)
    MD
    24th Feb 2019
    8:31pm
    Yeh, good onya NHB, I happen to agree with your culinary temptations. However I'll pass on the sprint - far too many mean n nasty drivers seem hell bent on venting their angst nowadays and some old fart crossing the road makes for an easy target.

    Enjoy your sprint nonetheless!
    Nose Hair Bob
    25th Feb 2019
    11:20am
    Yea MD, I ride a pushbike a lot and and that's when drivers get real mean, I've learn't some new swear words.
    turtle
    9th Aug 2019
    10:01am
    I think everyone knows what is best for them, example my 96 year old Mother was very particular about what she ate and her exercise, she also had 8 children, my 95 year old friend eats chocolate and has 3 teaspoons of sugar in her tea and does no exercise. GO FIGURE........
    musicveg
    9th Aug 2019
    1:13pm
    Turtle there are always other things at play, looking at their overall diet, and also their exposure to other harmful toxins outside the body. Many in that age also started off very natural without processed foods and good gut bacteria. Sugar is not as bad as they make out it has been used as a scapegoat, sugar turns to glucose which is fuel for the body. Salt is more of a worry. But when you look at processed foods it is made up of dead ingredients that are manufactured cheaply, these are the real problems in most people's diets. Wholefood is best and that is what most of this age group mostly ate.
    musicveg
    25th Feb 2019
    2:38am
    All processed food is poison, killing you slowly. Also soft drinks and alcohol. Nothing pure these days. Fruit and veg are best bought from a farmers market or grow your own. I am lucky I have a wonderful supplier of organic fruit and veg, I put an order in every week. Lots of healthy recipes can be found on forksoverknives.com or Onegreenplanet.com. Eat low fat, wholefood plant based diet if you want to extend your life or at least make what you have left with less pain and suffering. Watch what you put on your body, go for natural products, if you don't recognize the ingredient google it for it's safety. Also ditch the chemical washing powders and cleaning products, it all soaks into your skin too.
    Nose Hair Bob
    9th Aug 2019
    1:57pm
    "On average, U.S. medical schools offer only 19.6 hours of nutrition education across four years of medical school, according to a 2010 report in Academic Medicine.Dec 7, 2016."

    Five hours per year? Seriously.

    Big pharma loves this.
    musicveg
    9th Aug 2019
    2:45pm
    Yes NHB, big pharma does not want you to get well, all they want to do is inject and pill you up, no mention that half the population is lacking in Vitamin C and other nutrients that our bodies need to fight off disease.


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