Preference for ultra-processed foods may heighten an individual's odds of suffering from premature deaths.

This study looked at the influence of habitual consumption of ultra-processed foods on the risk of early death. Researchers juxtaposed dietary patterns with mortality records in a Spanish cohort made up of nearly 20,000 individuals. 

The team of investigators noticed that the likelihood of dying prematurely went up by 18% for each extra serving of ultra-processed food consumed. In addition, daily intake of more than 4 servings of ultra-processed foods was found to increase the chances of suffering from early death by as much as 62%. The data from this study support the notion that likeness for ultra-processed foods is significantly related to higher mortality risk.