July 28, 2022 Thursday, Jan. (HealthDay News) — Eating large amounts of ultra-processed foods may significantly increase the risk of dementia, according to a new study by Chinese researchers.
Ultra-processed foods are high in sugar, fat, and salt, but high in protein and fiber Low. Soda, savory and sugary snacks and desserts, ice cream, sausage, fried chicken, flavored yogurt, ketchup, mayonnaise, packaged bread, and flavored cereal are all examples.
Replacing these foods with healthier alternatives may lead to dementia, study finds 19% lower chance of disease.
This study does not prove that eating ultra-processed foods increases dementia The risk just seems to have to be a link.
PhD. Sam Gandy, director of the Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health in New York City, reviewed the findings.
“This is consistent with a growing body of evidence that A heart-healthy diet and lifestyle is the best way for everyone to regulate their dementia risk,” Gandy said. “The main novelty here is the focus on the risks of ultra-processed foods rather than the benefits of heart-healthy foods.” For the study, Lee’s team collected data on more than 72,000 people listed in the UK Biobank, a large database of health information for people in the UK. At first, the participants were 55 and older, and none had dementia. Over an average of 10 years, 518 people developed dementia.
For the study, Lee’s team collected data on more than 72,000 people listed in the UK Biobank, a large database of health information for people in the UK. At first, the participants were 55 and older, and none had dementia. Over an average of 10 years, 518 people developed dementia.
Beverages, sugar-sweetened products, and ultra-processed dairy products are the main sources of ultra-processed food intake.
Li’s team estimated that using fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, Replacing 10 percent of ultra-processed foods with unprocessed or minimally processed foods like milk and meat was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of dementia (but not Alzheimer’s).
Switching can be as simple as using a whole grain cereal (like shredded wheat or oats) slices) in place of sugary grains, or in salads or mushrooms and spinach in place of pizza instead of pepperoni and sausage, Heller says.
Or, she suggests, in whole wheat pita and chopped Try falafel and cucumber instead of a ham sandwich for a tomato, or lentil soup and salad instead of a cheeseburger.
“Every meal is an opportunity to make healthy choices,” Heller said.
Keep the kitchen stocked with healthy foods like canned or dried beans, quinoa or Whole grains like brown rice, peanut or almond butter, assorted dried fruits, and frozen vegetables make it easier to keep foods high in fiber and nutrients together, she says.
Boston University researcher Maura Walker and Nicole Spartano questioned the study’s definition of ultra-processed food in a companion editorial. They noted that preparation methods can affect the nutritional value of foods, and said further research that did not rely on participants’ self-reported eating habits would be beneficial.
) For more information on diet and dementia, visit the National Institute on Aging.