New research shows that the long-term effects of an “ultraprocessed” diet are worse than previously imagined. Scientists from France and Spain say that highly processed foodstuffs are primary drivers of disease and according to their studies, can increase the risk of early death.
After taking a cold, hard look at the “standard American diet,” it’s really not surprising that these “foods” make people sick and die. Most processed foods are an amalgam of heavily refined grains, GMO corn, corn syrup, trans fats, artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives. Indeed, most processed “food” isn’t really food at all. And if the chemicals used to make processed food aren’t bad enough on their own (they are), most food packaging contains harmful, endocrine-disrupting compounds like BPA — which can leach into food.