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Ultra-processed foods linked with premature death

Consumption of highly processed foods such as sliced white bread and sugary soft drinks is associated with a higher risk of premature deaths, according to a study.

The research, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that consumption of ultra-processed foods containing little or no whole foods in their ingredients contributed to 57,000 premature deaths in Brazil in 2019, PTI reported.

Ultra-processed foods (UPFs) have gradually been replacing traditional foods and meals made from fresh and minimally processed ingredients in many countries, the researchers said.