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Ultra-processed food linked with chromosomal changes linked to biological aging

A new study has shed light on the link between the consumption of ultra-processed foods (UPF) and the shortening of telomeres; sections of chromosomes that can be used as a marker of biological age. The work was conducted by Lucia Alonso-Pedrero and colleagues with the supervision of Professor Maira Bes-Rastrollo and Professor Amelia Marti, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.

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The research, being presented at this year’s European and International Conference on Obesity (ECOICO 2020), held online this year (1-4 September), indicates that telomeres were twice as likely to be short in individuals who had a high consumption (more than 3 servings per day) of UPFs. Short telomeres are a marker of biological aging at the cellular level, and the study suggests that diet may be causing the cells to age faster.

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The significance of processed vs ultra-processed food

The difference between “processed” and “ultra-processed” foods might sound like an issue best left to linguists or hungry English teachers. But for the sake of your health, it’s worth understanding.

That’s because some of those foods are just fine ­– and some can harm you.

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What is the difference? Definitions vary, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture says anything that changes the fundamental nature of an agricultural product – heating, freezing, dicing, juicing – is a processed food.

Which means some can be quite good for you.

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