Research shows negative impacts of processed food

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Processed foods are convenient, but research continues to show how they can negatively impact our health.

A study found men who ate the most ultra-processed foods had a 29% higher risk of developing colorectal cancer when compared to men who ate the least.

The study did not find the same association in women, and it’s unclear why.

A registered dietician with the Cleveland Clinic says one theory for the risk increase is that additives and preservatives in highly processed foods may impact gut health.

It’s suggested to limit foods like processed meats, instant soups, packaged snacks and candy – and instead eat more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.

Try with simple diet changes first, like choosing a baked potato instead of fries and replace sugary yogurts with Greek yogurt and fruit.