How Does Ultra-Processed Food Raise The Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke?

Ultra-processed food significantly raises the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, according to two studies and this should serve as a wake-up call for governments worldwide. Global consumption of heavily processed items such as cereals, protein bars, fizzy drinks, ready meals and fast food has soared in recent years. What are your thoughts LiveTribers? How does ultra-processed food raise the risk of heart attack and stroke?

Posted by on 20 Nov 2023

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    Put simply, the more a food item is processed, the more toxic it becomes. And do not forget those lovely extras added to enhance such concerns as shelf life and ascetics, all requiring not so friendly to the heart additives.

    Posted by John on 05 Jan 2024

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    I think its just as simple as: the closer to raw and natural food, the better the health benefits. Move fruther away and the risk increases

    Posted by Miro on 19 Dec 2023

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    Well, ultra-processed foods contain high levels of added sugars, unhealthy fats, and sodium. Excessive consumption of added sugars and unhealthy fats can contribute to obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

    Posted by AYOMIDE on 19 Dec 2023

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    Minh-Hai Henry

    unhealthy food with too much sugar are relatively cheaper and convenient than healthier foods leading to the issues mentioned above

    Posted by Minh-Hai Henry on 19 Dec 2023

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    have to look after yourself, eat less sugar and fat, processed food is full of it

    Posted by Eug on 16 Dec 2023

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    These foods are full of unhealthy fats, preservatives and little nutritional value. Some medications that are regularly prescribed can also increase your blood pressure and therefore, increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. You need to check out the paperwork for each medication and decide whether the benefits outweigh the side effects for each medicine. You can also check this out in the book The Australian Drug Guide, or on the TGA website. The TGA website shows how many people have died from each medicine, how many people have reported a problem or problems with their medicine and most common side effects of each medicine. Doctors receive payments and or paid training to recommend certain brands. These should have to be disclosed to every patient. Doctors were paid to administer the covid vaccine. "Pharmaceutical companies have consistently spent between $2.1 billion and $2.2 billion annually from 2014 to 2018 on payments to doctors. These payments include compensation for speaking engagements, consulting, as well as covering expenses for meals, travel, and gifts. Over 2,500 physicians have received at least half a million dollars each during this period, with more than 700 doctors earning at least $1 million1. The payments are part of the Open Payments initiative, which requires companies to publicly disclose these financial transactions as part of the Affordable Care Act12. Despite scrutiny, the enthusiasm of the drug and medical device industry for having doctors deliver paid dinner talks, sponsored speeches, and consulting on products remains high. It’s quite striking how much money doctors earn from these activities aside from patient care1. Some doctors and institutions even received more than $3 million in a given year from pharmaceutical companies3. In summary, pharmaceutical companies continue to invest significantly in compensating doctors for their involvement in promotional activities and consultations. Learn more: 1. 2. 3."

    Posted by tassiegirl on 04 Dec 2023

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    Some of the processed food is barely food anymore, with little nutritional benefit, and has high salt, preservatives etc

    Posted by Miro on 26 Nov 2023

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    The high salt, sugar and fat content can contribute to an increased risk.

    Posted by Mypoboy on 26 Nov 2023

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    It's got all the processed fats that are hard to digest, and also are high in salt which is not healthy. Generally, a person who is at risk of these things suffer stress and eating fatty foods that are hard to digest add to stress value.

    Posted by Monicag8 on 24 Nov 2023

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    It contains too much cane sugar, salt and saturated fats minus nutrients needed for a healthy body.

    Posted by sulter on 22 Nov 2023

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    There's no guarantee against heart attacks. They can even happen in people who are younger.

    Posted by MS on 22 Nov 2023

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    These items are high in sugar and high in salt and usually have very little nutrition values, therefore it follows that heart attacks and strokes would follow the high consumption of these foods. Home grown vegetables and home cooking will prevent heart attacks from occurring and you will live for a much longer time.

    Posted by CILLY0 on 21 Nov 2023

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    Because they contain a large amount of sugar and are highly processed.

    Posted by Farrukh on 20 Nov 2023

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    They often contain high sugar

    Posted by Geoffrey on 20 Nov 2023

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    Because it's not good for your organs, they negatively impact how they function. Not something I could explain in depth lol

    Posted by Ally42 on 20 Nov 2023

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    Everything is full of salt and sugar to improve the flavour and shelf life of basically bland processed food. That's why it will kill you. That, along with fat and lack of fibre

    Posted by boohoobly on 20 Nov 2023

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    I've eaten my share of processed foods. My blood pressure is good. Never been an issue. Tho.. I don't like all the salt they put in some foods.

    Posted by MS on 20 Nov 2023

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    I'm not surprised but why suggest that governments should get a wake-up call? Most of us know that too much processed food and takeaway isn't good for health - do we really want the government telling us what to do yet again? We need the wake-up call and can choose to eat more healthy foods and less processed if we want! Better health and less expense with occasional treats or convenience sounds like a good idea :)

    Posted by sandra on 20 Nov 2023

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    Well who has the perfect diet these days? Fast food is common and as they say, everything in moderation. There are other things that cause strokes and heart attacks..too. It's not just diet. We all have to die of something!

    Posted by MS on 20 Nov 2023

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    This post is very right according to research revealed to us. Cancers and other diseases are on increment now

    Posted by Robert on 20 Nov 2023

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    I remember when they started putting the price of tobacco up because smokers cost the community a huge amount of money because of a chosen pastime, which I agree with, and I was a smoker but the higher prices encouraged me to give up...which was one of the best things I have ever done. In my opinion things like soft drinks, confectionery, chips and quite a few others should have a tax on them of at least 25%. I enjoy the occasional bit of junk food but you only have to look in peoples shopping trolleys to see what is really happening to the health of Australians.

    Posted by jeeves01 on 20 Nov 2023

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    Processed foods are supposed to taste great and keep for a period of time so anything that will spoil has been removed and pumped with Trans fats for shelf life. There will also be added sugar, salt, colouring as well as other additives. When you think about it there really mush of the original food product left.

    Posted by Paula on 20 Nov 2023

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    Fresh is always best , however not always possible to stick to that . A lot depends where one lives and whats available

    Posted by lotte13 on 20 Nov 2023

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    Normally they are packed full of saly as well as a long list of preservatives. Who really knows what these do to your body? Fresh is best.

    Posted by sundays on 20 Nov 2023

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    Tara Rata

    Anything overly processed will be worse than fresh and will therefore be worse for the body.

    Posted by Tara Rata on 20 Nov 2023

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    ultra-processed foods are a danger to peoples health as they are usually full of sugar salt and preservatives all associated with health issues due to excessive intake. this can result in some people being well out of a healthy weight range putting them at risk of major health issues.

    Posted by mary on 20 Nov 2023

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    Heavily processed foods are high in sodium (salt) and sugars as well having numerous chemicals in the preservatives.

    Posted by Godfrey on 20 Nov 2023

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    Excess sugars,salts, trans fats and lack of effective fibre are the root cause of the West's high rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease . Add to this lack of regular exercise, general laziness and screen addiction and you can bet Medical Specialists will never go broke !!!!

    Posted by mact on 20 Nov 2023

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    Ultra-processed foods often contain high levels of added sugars, salt, unhealthy fats, and low-quality carbohydrates. they are rich in sodium, which can lead to an increase in blood pressure. The problem is they have loyal customers, that's why they are still there.

    Posted by Jay on 20 Nov 2023

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    fat, sugar, salt, unrecognizable ingredients and chemicals of cause health problems and disease...we all know that......and processed 'food' is where it is manufactured unnaturally to what the human body needs.

    Posted by Megan on 20 Nov 2023

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    Ultra processed salt and other flavours are often out of proportion to our daily needs and build up in our systems especially blood which causes blockages in our circulatory systems. They are quite often denuded of fibre and other essential nutrients which are essential for our health and wellbeing. FRESH IS BEST

    Posted by Carol on 20 Nov 2023

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    Sugar, fat and salt are the prominent ingredients rather than nutrients and fibre.

    Posted by Spiderwoman on 20 Nov 2023

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