You are not aware of the large amount of ultraprocesses that you consume daily
More than half of the food you buy at the supermarket is not real food: it is ultra- processed products. We already told you what the turkey meat you eat really was, but there is much more. This has been discovered by a new study by El CoCo , the free application that detects ultra-processed.
Research has determined that 64% of the products of food that we buy more Spanish leads many additives and therefore are 'pseudoalimentos' potentially harmful to health.
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The study has analyzed the degree of processing, nutritional quality and the presence of additives and simple sugars in 124 foods corresponding to the 35 best-selling brands in our country, according to the ' Kantar Brand Footprint Spain 2018 ' ranking.
Among the brands analyzed we find Danone, Bimbo, Coca-Cola, Don Simón, El Pozo, Gallo, Pescanova, Puleva, Buitoni and Oscar Mayer.
The danger of ultra-processed foods
The figure is alarming, and the worst is that many of the ultraprocesados we consume we think are healthy, as with smoked, canned vegetables or baby food.
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Also, these products can make us sick. A recent study, published in the British Medical Journal and conducted among 105,000 participants, found that if the consumption of this type of food was increased by 10%, the risk of suffering from cancer in general increased by 12% and breast cancer by 11%.
What ultra-processed foods do you eat
If you do not know what ultra-processed is and you get mixed up with the food nomenclatures, pay attention to the NOVA system, currently used by the World Health Organization (WHO), which divides food into four groups according to its degree of processing:
Thus, we would have:
· Group 1: unprocessed or minimally processed foods. They are real fresh or frozen foods that have not been processed. We have fruits, vegetables, meat or fish.
· Group 2: processed culinary ingredients. They are the oils, sugar, salt and spices.
· Group 3: processed foods. They are products that are obtained by adding salt, oil, sugar or other substances to Group 1 foods, with the aim of increasing durability or improving their qualities. They are the preserves, the cheeses, the sausages ...
· Group 4: ultra-processed. They are not modified foods, but industrial preparations with hardly any vitamins and rich in unhealthy fats, salt and sugars. This group includes the majority of soft drinks, snacks, industrial pastries and precooked products.
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As we can see, and according to data from the study, Group 4 foods constitute 64% of our daily diet, which is not only unhealthy, but is also dangerous for health.
Remember, reader, that the more real food you eat, the better for you and your figure.One way to control is to eat a healthful diet. Generally, foods and drinks that the body absorbs slowly are best because they do not cause spikes and dips in blood sugar. The glycemic index (GI) measures the effects of specific foods on blood sugar levels. People looking to control their levels should pick foods with low or medium GI scores.