Diets high in ultra-processed foods raise death risk from chronic lung conditions

Jaipur, April 10, 2024.

A diet high in ultra-processed foods could significantly heighten the risk of dying from chronic respiratory diseases, a new research spanning over almost two decades has found.

Constituents of these “nutritionally inferior” foods, which are “poor sources of essential nutrients such as antioxidants”, contribute to inflammation and worsen lung conditions, the study published in the European Journal of Nutrition said.

A diet having more than 40 per cent of ultra-processed foods was found to have a 26 per cent higher risk of death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disorder which blocks airflow causing difficulty in breathing.