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Beyond Bad: Fake Meat and Other ‘Ultra Processed’ Vegan Food Linked to Heart Disease, Early Death

New research suggests that ultra-processed vegan food can increase the risk of heart disease and early death, the NY Post reports, citing a new study published in The Lancet from the University of São Paulo and Imperial College London. Ultra-processed foods (UPFs) include packaged goods, drinks, cereals and ready-to-eat products that contain colors, emulsifiers, flavors and other additives – and are notoriously high in sugar, saturated fat, salt, while often being devoid of vitamins.

The researchers studied the diets of more than 118,000 Brits aged 40-69 years old found that while a plant-based diet promotes overall heart health, that only applies to fresh plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables, as well as grains and legumes.

Researchers found that for every 10% increase in plant-based foods, the risk of death from heart disease fell by 20%. -NY Post

However when the source of plant-based food comes from UPFs, there’s a 12% spike in heart-disease related deaths.

According to the study’s lead author, Fernanda Rauber, both the composition and processing methods for UPFs can result in higher blood pressure and cholesterol.

“Food additives and industrial contaminants present in these foods might cause oxidative stress and inflammation, further aggravating the risks,” she said, adding “Those shifting towards plant-based foods should also think about the degree of processing involved before making their choices.”

Co-author Eszter Vamos said that UPFs have deceptive marketing to portray their plant-based products as healthy.

“While ultra-processed foods are often marketed as healthy foods, this large study suggests that plant-based ultra-processed foods do not seem to have protective health effects and are linked to poor health outcomes,” she said.

The study found that replacing plant-based UPFs with whole foods, known to have important health and environmental benefits, decreased deaths from heart disease by 15% and reduced the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease by 7%.

Researchers claim that this study, published Monday in Lancet Regional Health, is the first to show that plant-based UPFs increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Based on their findings, the authors are urging nutritional guidelines that promote plant-based diets to include a warning to avoid UPFs. -NY Post

While the study highlights meat alternatives, British dietitian Duane Mellor pointed out that “Many foods that do not contain animal products, which includes biscuits, crisps, confectionery and soft drinks, are technically plant-based but would not be considered essential as part of a healthy diet by the majority of people.”

  • tressa says:

    I am sure glad I am at the age that I don’t give a shit! I will eat real sugar and real meat for the rest of my life! We all are going to die one day and no matter how well you take care of yourself, you are going to die anyway! Going to enjoy what time I have left on this earth like I am supposed to!

  • k says:

    To think, Bill Gates is America’s largest farmland owner with more than 260,000 acres~ need I say more especially knowing The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences.

    And what followed shortly thereafter (COVID) became one of America’s “DARKEST” periods in America history & evidence suggest & yet “NO-ONE” criminal charged for this heinous scam that killed millions!!!

    Also, w/that amount of “FARMLAND” owned by Gates, is it any wonder to “WHY” there were “FIRES” that effect “MAJOR” farmlands that dealt w/ “BEEF & CHICKEN”??? (SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT)

  • Hey if they make all of these laws and tax for cigarettes because of healthcare costs Well get ready for the dying people that eat this garbage I don’t give a fuck if I have to have a steer in my backyard I will not eat this garbage or the fucking bugs that Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab have suggested we do Maybe they will of the stock market crashes there will be a impact and make a hole for people like these to low life fucks and I am pretty sure Blackstone will creeping around dark corners as well



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