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Feeling anxious ? Ultra-processed foods may be to blame

Researchers find U.S. adults who consume more ultra-processed food report more adverse mental symptoms

Do you enjoy those boxed foods, reconstituted meats, and sugary drinks? Based on a recent study that looked at whether people who consume more ultra-processed food have worse mental health symptoms, you might want to think twice.

Although ultra-processed foods are convenient, low cost, quick to prepare or ready-to-eat, these industrial formulations of processed food substances (oils, fats, sugars, starch, protein isolates) contain little or no whole food. They result from extensive 'physical, biological, and chemical processes' that create food products that are deficient in original and natural food. Ultra-processed foods typically include flavorings, colorings, emulsifiers and other cosmetic additives.

While there is some evidence regarding ultra-processed food consumption and depression, data are sparse regarding other adverse mental health symptoms including anxiety and mentally unhealthy days.

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