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Ultraprocessed food and chronic noncommunicable diseases: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 43 observational studies

Inculcating the habit of consuming ultra-processed foods may result in a spike in the incidence of different non-communicable diseases, including obesity, cancer, depression, metabolic syndrome, and cardiometabolic diseases.

This study looked at the impact of frequent intake of ultra-processed foods on the burden of non-communicable diseases. Researchers sifted through data drawn out from 48 studies. 

Researchers found out that ultra-processed food eaters exhibited an upward trend in the incidence of different non-communicable diseases, including obesity, cancer, depression, dyslipidemia, functional dyspepsia, metabolic syndrome, frailty, cardiometabolic diseases, and irritable bowel syndrome. Evidence from this study suggest that avid consumption of ultra-processed foods make make an individual highly susceptible to several non-communicable diseases.

Research Summary Information

  • 2021
  • Melissa M Lane, Jessica A Davis, Sally Beattie, Clara Gómez-Donoso, Amy Loughman, Adrienne O'Neil, Felice Jacka, Michael Berk, Richard Page, Wolfgang Marx, Tetyana Rocks
  • The Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT), Food and Mood Centre, School of Medicine, Barwon Health, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The Barwon Centre of Orthopaedic Research and Education (B-CORE), Barwon Health and St John of God Hospital Geelong, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. CIBER Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN), Carlos III Health Institute, Madrid, Spain. Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Black Dog Institute, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia. College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Centre for Youth Mental Health, Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. School of Medicine, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
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