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How Unhealthy Is Processed Food?

It likely increases cancer rates

Links to cancer aren't proven

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Processed foods likely cause some forms of cancer, writes Chase Purdy of Quartz. The British Medical Journal published research that found a link between highly-processed ingredients and cancer. People that eat such food regularly have a twelve percent higher chance of getting the disease. Many meals with high levels of sugar and sodium stand out. Processed meats, cookies, dehydrated soups and sauces are other culprits. The recent increase of such foods in people’s diets has caused a rise in various cancers and other diseases. Researchers recommended taxing them and regulating how they can be marketed.

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Theories that processed food causes cancer are unproven, argues Gid M-K of Medium. The study that caused a wave of paranoia on the subject didn’t offer conclusive proof of this supposed link. People that eat a lot of processed foods are also more likely to smoke and less likely to exercise. Lower-income households also tend to have less access to healthy food. Such external factors could hugely sway the results of the study. It was also based on self-reported data, which could be skewed. Finally, it looked at people eating very large amounts of processed foods, which likely aren’t reflective of the general population.

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