A French study published in the BMJ (the British Medical Journal) has studied the effect of 3,300 ultra-processed food items in the diets of more than 105,000 people over the age of 18 over roughly five years. The study started in 2009 and required participants to fill in on-line questionnaires. The foodstuffs included “mass produced packaged breads and buns, sweet or savoury packaged snacks, industrialised confectionery and desserts, sodas and sweetened beverages, meatballs, poultry and fish nuggets, and other reconstituted meat products transformed with the addition of preservatives other than salt (eg, nitrites), instant noodles and soups, frozen or shelf stable ready meals, and other food products made mostly or entirely from sugar, oils, and fats, and other substances not commonly used in culinary preparations, such as hydrogenated oils, modified starches, and protein isolates.”
And the result is that…pizzas, ice creams, and chicken nuggets are quite bad for your long-term health. There’s a surprise, eh?