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Ultra-Processed Food Consumption and Increased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome in Adults: The ELSA-Brasil

Avid consumption of ultra-processed foods may lead to the development of metabolic syndrome in men and women.

This study examined whether increased dietary exposure to ultra-processed foods can confer an individual with high risk of acquiring metabolic syndrome. Researchers compared ultra-processed food intake levels with the incidence of metabolic syndrome in a study group consisting of 15,105 Brazilian men and women aged 35-74 years.

Researchers found a high proportion of cases of metabolic syndrome among participants at the top of the ultra-processed food consumption ladder. Evidence from this study pointed out that the odds of having metabolic syndrome may be stacked against ultra-processed food eaters.

Research Summary Information

  • 2023
  • Scheine Leite Canhada, Álvaro Vigo, Vivian Cristine Luft , Renata Bertazzi Levy, Sheila Maria Alvim Matos, Maria Del Carmen Molina, Luana Giatti, Sandhi Barreto, Bruce Bartholow Duncan, Maria Inês Schmidt
  • Postgraduate Program in Epidemiology, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Postgraduate Program in Food, Nutrition and Health, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. Postgraduate Program in Collective Health, Instituto de Saúde Coletiva, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Postgraduate Program in Nutrition and Health, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil. Postgraduate Program in Public Health and School of Medicine & Clinical Hospital, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
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