Fast Food Linked to Increased Dementia Risk
A diet high in ultraprocessed foods (UPFs) is linked to an increased risk for dementia, new research suggests. In a prospective cohort study, individuals who consumed the highest amounts of soft drinks, chips, and other UPFs had the highest risk of developing dementia compared with their counterparts who consumed the lowest amounts of these foods. In addition, for every 10% increase in UPF consumption, the odds of developing any kind of dementia rose by 25%.
@arvind UPFs are high in sugar, fat, and salt and low in protein and fiber. They include soft drinks, salty and sugary snacks, ice cream, sausage, deep-fried chicken, yogurt, canned baked beans and tomatoes, ketchup, mayonnaise, packaged guacamole and hummus, packaged breads, and flavored cereals. Previous studies have shown a link between their consumption and higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and all-cause mortality. Li and his team wanted to test for an association with dementia.