Do you know that eating junk food can cause a deadly disease like Cancer? Processed foods—containing salty, crunchy and addictive snack foods—have been tied to cancer in a new study.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cautioned that cancer rates are expected to increase in the next few years, in part because people are living longer, and risk of developing the disease rises as we age.
A group of French researchers took a closer look at whether and how diet increases the risk. They focused in particular on ultra-processed foods, which are high in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt, all of which have been linked to a higher likelihood of developing cancer. Ultra-processed foods are those made through several levels of processing and include popular grocery store finds like soft drinks, frozen dinners and reconstituted meat. These food items have little nutritional value in the form of fiber or vitamins and their effect on our health hasn't been well researched.
The study, published this month in the BMJ, found a disturbing tie between ultra-processed foods and cancer. According to the results, increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods by 10 percent was associated with an accompanying 12-percent uptick in risk of being diagnosed with any type of cancer and an 11-percent increase in developing breast cancer in particular. The data do not conclusively point to these foods as a cause of cancer.
"It's already known that eating a lot of these foods can lead to weight gain, and being overweight or obese can also increase your risk of cancer, so it's hard to disentangle the effects of diet and weight," Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK's prevention expert, told the BBC.
The reports above are really scary and we have to reduce our consumption of eating junk food to keep ourselves safe from deadly diseases like cancer.