Study: Eating 'ultra-processed' foods like chicken nuggets 'linked to cancer'

Eating “ultra-processed” foods like chicken nuggets, soda and cake may increase your risk of various forms of cancer. 

A study published in the British Medical Journal shows that based off the eating habits of 100,000 adults, a 10 percent increase in highly processed foods in someone's diet was linked to a 12 percent increase in cancer. 

Researchers warned, "If confirmed in other populations and settings, these results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades."

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But the study is far from conclusive, with Cancer Research U.K.’s prevention expert, Linda Bauld telling CNBC, "People shouldn't worry about eating a bit of processed food here and there based on this study.” 

She went on to say that a balanced diet, avoiding junk food and keeping a healthy weight will all help to “stack the odds in our favor.”

Interestingly, those in the study who ate ultra-processed foods were also more likely to smoke and be less active.

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