Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicken nuggets were considered a 'highly processed' food
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Eating more ultra processed food can increase a person’s risk of cancer, according to a new study.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, found that increasing ultra-processed foods in a person’s diet by 10 percent was linked to a greater than 10 percent increase in cancers of some kind.

It listed chicken nuggets, processed meat, fizzy drinks, and mass-produced bread as examples of ‘ultra-processed foods’.


Researchers, led by a team at Universite Sorbonne in France, looked at the eating habits of 104?980 participants aged at least 18, and registered their intake. They also examined their medical records.

According to the study’s conclusion: “In this large prospective study, a 10 percent increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with a significant increase of greater than 10 percent in risks of overall and breast cancer.”

Further research

The scientists say further studies are needed to establish the link between the two stats.

They also stated that this study is unable to say that ultra-processed foods are a cause of cancer.

As a result of the findings, health experts have stressed that ‘a healthy and balanced diet is best’.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.