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Association Between Ultra-Processed Food Consumption and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: Results From the French NutriNet-Santé Cohort

Eating a diet centered around ultra-processed foods may fuel the development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

This study evaluated the relationship between the frequency of ultra-processed food consumption and the chances of developing functional gastrontestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The eating habits and rate of occurrence of functional gastrointestinal disorders among 33,343 French men and women were ascertained through dietary questionnaires and hospital records. 

Researchers noted that devout consumers of ultra-processed foods exhibited a high tendency to develop irritable bowel syndrome. This study points out that indulging in ultra-processed foods regularly may have a negative effect on bowel health.

Research Summary Information

  • 2018
  • Laure Schnabel, Camille Buscail, Jean-Marc Sabate, Michel Bouchoucha, Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot, Benjamin Allès, Mathilde Touvier, Carlos A Monteiro, Serge Hercberg, Robert Benamouzig, Chantal Julia
  • Equipe de Recherche en Epidémiologie Nutritionnelle (EREN), Centre de Recherche Epidémiologie et Statistique Sorbonne Paris Cité (CRESS), Université Paris 13, Inserm U1153, Inra U1125, Cnam, COMUE Sorbonne Paris Cité, F-93017, Bobigny, France. Département de santé publique, Hôpital Avicenne (AP-HP), F-93017, Bobigny, France. Service de Gastro-Entérologie, Hôpital Avicenne (AP-HP), F-93017, Bobigny, France. INSERM U-987, Hôpital Ambroise Paré (APHP), Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Ave Dr Arnaldo 715, São Paulo, 01246-907, Brazil.
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