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Processed food ages your body and increases risk of a host of diseases

The University of Navarra in Spain studied 900 men and women, examined their diets and the sections of DNA which are a marker of age


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/20...-host-diseases/

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Processed food ages the body as well as increasing the risk of a host of diseases, Spanish research suggests.

The study of 900 men and women, with an average age of 68, examined their diets, and the sections of DNA which are a marker of biological age.

Short telomeres indicate biological changes at a cellular level, and are associated with ageing.

Those who ate more convenience foods, and less fresh fare, were twice as likely to have short telomeres, the study found.

The research by the University of Navarra, presented at the International Conference on Obesity (ECOICO 2020) online, found that as consumption of “ultra processed” foods increased, the likelihood of having shortened telomeres rose dramatically.

Such foods include ready meals, processed meats and other convenience snacks and meals.

Overall, telomeres were twice as likely to be short who had at least three portions a day of foods which were classed as ultra-processed.

Researchers said the findings suggested that the modern diet was likely to be causing the cells to age faster.

Telomeres are structures formed from a strand of DNA together with specialised proteins, and which are located at the ends of the chromosomes. While they do not contain genetic information themselves, they are vital for preserving the stability and integrity of chromosomes and the DNA that cells rely on to function.

As we get older, our telomeres get shorter since each time a cell divides, part of the telomere is lost, so telomere length is seen as a marker of biological age.

In total 645 men and 241 women with an average age of 68 years were included in the analysis.

Those eating the most processed foods were also found to be more likely to have a family history of heart disease and diabetes.

The research found that as consumption of ultra-processed foods increased the likelihood of having shortened telomeres rose dramatically with each quartile above the lowest group having a risk increase of 29 per cent, 40 per cent, and 82 per cent respectively.

High intake of such foods was also associated with a greater risk of depression, high blood pressure, and all cause mortality.

The authors conclude: "In this cross-sectional study of elderly Spanish subjects we showed a robust strong association between ultra-processed food consumption and telomere length.”

Separate research presented at the same conference found that those who eat late tend to eat more overall, and have a worse diet, than those who have most of their calories earlier in the day.

The study of 1200 adults by Ulster University grouped adults into quartiles based on the proportion of their daily energy intake consumed after 6pm.

Those who ate less than a third of their calories after 6pm were most likely to be slim, and to have the healthiest diets. Those who consumed more than 48 percent of their daily calories after 6pm were likely to be fattest, and were more likely to consume more fatty foods and alcohol.
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Those eating the most processed foods were also found to be more likely to have a family history of heart disease and diabetes.


I'm trying to figure out what the family history of heart disease and diabetes really has to do with the processed food/telomere findings.

It's no surprise that people who have heart disease and diabetes eat more processed foods, and that those eating habits may have been ingrained from their youth, learned from their family's eating habits.

Or is that information included because it's just one more brick in the wall? "You eat a lot of processed foods, you'll not only age more quickly, you'll be more likely to carry on the family's poor health history."
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How far back does this "family history" go? >100 yrs ago obesity and diabetes were rare. If the "family history" of metabolic disease only started when processed foods became available, that is not genetic family history, it is environmental/cultural - teaching your kids & grandkids to eat crap.
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It took them 4 paragraphs to mention convenience foods, 5 to specify ultra-processed foods.

ALL food is processed - unless you're out grazing with the cows. I do wish journalists could understand that.
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There seems to be no concensus on what "processed" means as it is a very vague term. "Ultra processesed" is more clear.

The easy separation ,for me, is where its found in the grocery store. The outer route starts with fruits n veg, past deli dept , down meat counter, to cream and milk, turn left , yogurts and cheeses, and lastly eggs.

Skip the breads, cookies and pasties on the way to checkout.

"Processed" lumps canned pickles with Cheerios. The push for "5 ingredients" while basically paved with good intentions also misses the mark.

Buy whole foods, chop up at home and add herbs and spices. Can be one ingredient,can be ten. Could be just a steak, could be soup. Finding convenience foods that exactly matches is nearly impossible in the US.

There is a tome at university library that is a dictionary of addatives and preservatives. When I say tome, think 10x 12 x 3. And that was back in 1985.

Buy foods that look like Mother Nature made it. And cook with care .

Eating ready to eat food is clearly processed.....ultra processed.


Bottom line, another study pointing the finger at food for better, or worse , health.
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Buy foods that look like Mother Nature made it. And cook with care .

Eating ready to eat food is clearly processed.....ultra processed.


Yep - that's the ticket! I rarely eat out, but I do have a short list of safe restaurants. As for homemade - if the list of ingredients is too long - like 10 or more - I won't bother. Separately the ingredients are fine, but that much work is too much for me.
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Yep - that's the ticket! I rarely eat out, but I do have a short list of safe restaurants. As for homemade - if the list of ingredients is too long - like 10 or more - I won't bother. Separately the ingredients are fine, but that much work is too much for me.



Lol, when I make soup , its a good time to use up odds and ends. Plus, since soup usually lasts a few meals, I'll add more to change it up.

There is a chef that makes dishes using 5 ingredients. JAMEE Oliver? A great seguay for those just learning to cook. He uses many products like mixed spices, or jarred . NOT LC based but dome recipes are lc, or could be with a tweek.

Spice mixes are easy to measure out and jar up to have as needed.

My red thai curry recipe is 8-10 ingredients into a food processor, whirl. Divide into freezer safe containers. For me, it used up hot peppers, sweet peppers and garlic.

Food has become my life.

Off to make beef jerky....
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