Using data from the 2011-2016 national health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and prevention analyzed data from 13446 adults aged 20 and over. Participants completed a 24-hour dietary recall survey and answered questions related to their cardiovascular health.
The results showed that for every 5% increase in calories taken from super processed foods, peoples cardiovascular health would decrease accordingly. Compared with people who consume no more than 40% of calories from super processed foods, adults who consume about 70% of calories are only 50% more likely to have an ideal healthy cardiovascular system.
Zefeng Zhang, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and prevention in the United States and the author of the study, said that a healthy diet plays a key role in maintaining heart and blood vessel health. Eating super processed foods often replaces healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat protein, which are closely related to heart health. In addition, super processed foods often include It contains a lot of salt, added sugar, saturated fatty acids and other substances that increase the risk of heart disease.