The Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Ultra-processed foods may increase the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, according to recent studies.

What Defines Ultra-Processed Foods?

Ultra-processed foods typically contain five or more ingredients, including additives uncommon in home cooking.

High Blood Pressure

University of Sydney's research reveals a 39% higher risk of high blood pressure among those consuming the most ultra-processed foods.

Heart Attacks and Strokes

A study by China's Fourth Military Medical University links ultra-processed food intake to a 25% higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, and angina.

The Impact of a 10% Increase

Just a 10% increase in ultra-processed food intake significantly raises the risk of heart disease.

Common Culprits in Your Diet

Over half of British diets consist of ultra-processed foods, often high in saturated fat, salt, and sugar.

Identifying Ultra-Processed Foods

Ultra-processed foods include fizzy drinks, sweets, fast food, and even seemingly "natural" items like certain bread and cereal bars.

The Spectrum of Processed Foods

Processed foods range from those with a few extra ingredients to minimally processed options like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Healthy Eating Guidelines

Opt for fresh, unprocessed foods, and consider a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and whole grains.t

Expert Warnings and the Future

Experts emphasize the need for action to address the growing consumption of ultra-processed foods, which pose a significant risk to cardiovascular health.