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Super processed foods may increase the risk of a second heart attack or stroke

super processed foods may increase the risk of a second heart attack or stroke in patients with cardiovascular disease



 

EHJ: Intake of super processed foods may increase the risk of a second heart attack or stroke in patients with cardiovascular disease. 

Scientists from Italy have analyzed the health effects of eating large amounts of super processed foods on people who are already suffering from cardiovascular diseases.

Relevant research results show that eating super processed foods may increase the risk of a second heart attack or stroke, and it is also fatal.

In addition, the researchers also found that even in people who generally follow the Mediterranean diet, excessive intake of super-processed foods can increase their health risks.

 

In recent years, more and more people have begun to pay attention to the potential adverse effects of super-processed foods on the body’s health.

Recently, an article was published in the international journal European Heart Journal In the above research report entitled “Ultra-processed food intake and all-cause and cause-specific mortality in individuals with cardiovascular disease: the Moli-sani Study”, scientists from Italy analyzed the intake of large amounts of super processed foods through research and analysis. Health effects on people already suffering from cardiovascular disease.

Relevant research results show that eating super processed foods may increase the risk of a second heart attack or stroke, and it is also fatal.

In addition, the researchers also found that even in people who generally follow the Mediterranean diet, excessive intake of super-processed foods can increase their health risks.

 

In the article, the researchers conducted a 10-year follow-up survey of 1171 participants who participated in the Moli-sani epidemiology plan.

All participants had suffered from cardiovascular disease when they were enrolled in the study; about what the participants followed Researchers focused on analyzing the super-processed foods they consume.

These foods are partly or all made of raw materials used in conventional cooking, including hydrolyzed protein, maltodextrin, hydrogenated fatty acids, etc., and generally contain A variety of additives, including dyes, preservatives, antioxidants, antagonists, flavor enhancers and sweeteners, etc.; this category includes sugary and carbonated beverages, pre-packaged diets, spreads, and some products that are obviously not promising.

Such as fudge, biscuits, breakfast cereals, and fruit yogurt; researchers use the NOVA system to classify foods, which rank foods based on their processing level rather than their nutritional value.

 

The researcher Marialaura Bonaccio said that we found that people who consume a lot of super processed foods have a two-thirds higher risk of a second heart attack or stroke than people who consume less of these foods, and this time The disease may be fatal; and the probability of death from all causes is 40% higher.

It must be emphasized that the definition of super processed food has nothing to do with its nutritional content, but with the process of its preparation and storage.

In other words, even if a food is nutritionally balanced, it may still be considered a super processed food; obviously, it is not a single food that is occasionally ingested that causes the difference, but a diet that contains too many products from supermarket shelves as a whole.

A diet based on eating fresh, minimally processed products should always be the first choice, just as the Mediterranean tradition has taught people for centuries.

 

super processed foods may increase the risk of a second heart attack or stroke in patients with cardiovascular disease

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The research in this article conveys an important message that it’s time to overcome the practice of distinguishing healthy and unhealthy foods based solely on their nutritional value, that is, one can follow the Mediterranean demonstration, perhaps it is rich in beans or vegetables, we will It is considered a healthy diet, but the simple definition of the Mediterranean diet may not tell us how these foods are prepared.

Fresh vegetables are not the same as pre-cooked and seasoned vegetables, as are many other foods. When providing appropriate nutritional advice to the public, this may be a factor that needs to be considered more and more by scientists, and the researcher’s suggestion is that the level of industrial processing of food should be added to the label before food packaging, until now , These labels can only provide basic food nutrition information.

 

In summary, the findings of this article show that a diet rich in super-processed foods may be directly related to the increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality in individuals who had previously suffered from cardiovascular disease.

This may be due to changes in the patient’s body’s kidney function. Achieved; and increasing the intake of super-processed foods may also be an important public health problem for the prevention of secondary cardiovascular diseases . 

 

 

Reference:

Marialaura Bonaccio,Simona Costanzo,Augusto Di Castelnuovo, et al. Ultra-processed food intake and all-cause and cause-specific mortality in individuals with cardiovascular disease: the Moli-sani Study , European Heart Journal (2021). DOI:10.1093/ eurheartj/ehab783

super processed foods may increase the risk of a second heart attack or stroke in patients with cardiovascular disease

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