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Topic Reading-Vol.2507-2/21/2019

Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Eating 'ultraprocessed' foods accelerates your risk of early death, study says
You probably are aware that processed foods are not as healthy as natural foods. However, not all processed foods are equal, at least health benefits and harm points of view. For example, bread, cheese, tofu, and canned tuna are lightly processed but are not harmful to your health. Rather, they are convenient to prepare healthy, nutritious meals. On the contrary, foods that are significantly changed from their original states, go through multiple processes, contain numbers of additives are considered ultra-processed foods, such as soft drinks, chips, chocolate, candies, sweetened cereals, packaged soups, nuggets, sausages, and hams.
A new study found that there is a clear link between consumption of ultra-processed foods and health problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and cancer, which lead to earlier death. But there are so many such highly processed foods all around us and it is nearly impossible to avoid eating them in our time-constrained world.
Don’t worry. Here is a tip. Look at the back of the food package and try to choose the foods that have a fewer number of ingredients, and the ingredients you understand.
Enjoy reading the article and try to figure out how much overly processed foods you usually eat.

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