Side effects of ultra-processed food
Ultra-processed foods are often inexpensive and taste good, which is why they are so popular among young people. However, they contain harmful ingredients such as added sugar, salt, and saturated fats. They are also low in dietary fiber and vitamins, essential to promote overall health.
Several studies have shown that regular consumption of foods high in sugar can lead to obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. Refined carbs in ultra-processed foods can lead to a spike in your blood sugar and insulin levels.
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that eating 10 percent more ultra-processed foods increases your risk of developing coronary artery disease, cardiovascular disease, and cerebrovascular disorders (diseases that affect blood flow in the brain). Another study published in the same journal found that consuming too many highly-processed foods can up your risk of gaining weight and even lead to mortality.