13/03/2018 - Time Magazine

Publié le 13/03/2018

NutriNet-Santé dans la presse : Ultra-processed food linked to cancer, study says

Processed snacks, drinks and desserts may be associated with higher risk of cancer, according to a new study.

The research, published Wednesday in The BMJ, focused on ultra-processed foods,which tend to be high in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. (Past research has found that Americans get 61% of their calories from highly processed foods.) In the new study, researchers found that, among almost 150,000 French adults, a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in a person’s diet was correlated with a 12% higher risk of cancer. The paper is the first to explore the link between cancer and ultra-processed foods — that is, industrial formulations that typically contain many ingredients, including some not found in the typical kitchen — says study author Mathilde Touvier, an investigator at the Sorbonne Paris Cité Epidemiology and Statistics Research Center.

The research only uncovered patterns in the data, meaning it’s impossible at this point to say that ultra-processed foods cause cancer, Touvier cautions. Nonetheless, the correlation was striking...

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