In a longitudinal analysis of more than 22,000 men and women from southern Italy, those who consumed the most ultraprocessed food (UPF) had the highest risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality, likely mediated through a diet high in sugar, researchers say.

High consumption of UPF in this Mediterranean cohort was associated with a 58% increased risk for CVD mortality and 52% higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease (IHD) and cerebrovascular causes, independently of known risk factors for CVD, even among individuals who otherwise adhered to the Mediterranean diet.

The findings "should serve as an incentive for limiting consumption of UPF and encouraging natural or minimally processed foods, as several national nutritional policies recommend," 



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