Researchers believed there was enough evidence to prompt official warnings about consuming too much ultra-processed food.

“Even if it remains unclear what specific processes, compounds, or ultra-processed food subtypes play a more important role, evidence is accumulating for an association between increased overall proportion of ultra-processed food in the diet and increased risks of several chronic diseases,” the study said.

“It is therefore important to inform consumers about these associations and to implement actions targeting product reformulation (e.g, improving nutritional quality and reducing the use of unnecessary additives), taxation, and communication to limit the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet and promote the consumption of unprocessed or minimally processed foods instead.

“For precautionary reasons, several countries, such as France and Brazil, have already introduced these recommendations in their official nutritional guidelines.”

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