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Ultra-processed foods can kill: Avoid McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Pepsi for a healthy life study suggests

Many busy people love the convenience of grabbing a burger or baking a frozen pizza. But, what if such convenience harms your health? Recent European Journal of Nutrition research linked ultra-processed diets to chronic respiratory diseases.

Concerns surround nearly two decades of research. The researchers studied nutrition and health data from over 96,000 US residents throughout time. The study indicated that persons who ate more than 40% ultra-processed meals had a 26% higher chance of dying from COPD.

But risks persist. The study found that ultraprocessed diets may increase lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma mortality by 10%.

What are ultra-processed foods and their lung effects?

Understanding Ultra-Processed Foods:

Consider a food that prioritizes convenience and shelf life over nutrition. That’s ultra-processed food. Items usually contain:

  • Unhealthy fats: Fried foods and processed meats include saturated and trans fats, which inflame and damage the lungs.
  • Added sugars: Sugar in drinks, candies, and morning cereals can induce weight gain and respiratory difficulties.
  • Refined grains: White bread, pastries, and processed snacks lack fiber and nutrients, decreasing diet quality.
  • High sodium levels: Processed meats and salty foods can induce fluid retention and respiratory issues.
  • Artificial additives: Preservatives, artificial tastes, and colors may trigger irritation but innocuous in moderation.

Nutrition and Respiratory Health:

According to the study, ultra-processed foods’ “nutritionally inferior” characteristics may increase lung health risks. These diets lack antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances, especially for the lungs.

Chronic inflammation raises respiratory disease risk. Ultra-processed meals release inflammatory triggers that can damage the lungs. These meals’ high sugar and fat content might induce weight gain and respiratory issues.

Action for Lungs:

Your lungs can benefit from proper eating. These steps are practical:

  • Limit ultra-processed foods: Read labels and choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  • Enjoy fresh ingredients: Cook more at home with pure ingredients. Manage additional sugars, fats, and sodium quantity and quality.
  • Choose whole grains: Replace white bread, pasta, and rice with whole wheat. Fiber in whole grains improves weight loss and health.
  • Drink water: Sugary drinks and artificial sweeteners are unhealthy. Make water your main drink.
  • Read food labels: Reject marketing claims. Examine food labels for serving sizes, sugar, and fat.

A balanced diet is recommended for lung health, according to the study. A wake-up call for many to rethink eating. Ultra-processed meals may affect respiratory health, but further research is needed. Choosing healthy meals and reducing convenience will protect your lungs and health. Long-term health and lungs will benefit from a healthy diet.

Fast-food chains, sugary drink firms, and snack makers make most ultra-processed meals. This includes McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, Domino’s, KFC, and Subway. The study suggests avoiding these foods for a healthy life.

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