WHO: four foods kill 2.7 million people every year

The European Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) made a statement saying that four types of products lead to the death of 2.7 million people in Europe every year.

This is about tobacco, alcohol, fossil fuels and ultra-processed foods.

—The four leading causes of these deaths are the tobacco industry, ultra-processed foods, fossil fuels and the alcohol industryare given in statement, words from the head of the WHO European Bureau, Hans Kluge.

The organization emphasized that companies producing such products mislead consumers with statements about the benefits or absence of harm from them. 

Ultra-processed foods are foods that have been heavily processed and contain a high proportion of added ingredients such as sugar, salts, oils and artificial additives. They often have a long shelf life and are offered in convenient packaging.

Consumption of ultra-processed foods is associated with a number of negative health effects. They can be high in calories, low in nutrients, and may contribute to obesity, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.

For health, choose fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, and lean sources of protein foods such as fish, poultry and beans, as well as healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts.

A balanced diet based on natural and nutritious foods is an important component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Examples of ultra-processed foods:

1. Carbonated drinks: sweet carbonated drinks that contain large amounts of sugar and artificial additives.
2. Breakfast: Sugary cereals, muesli and bars high in sugar and artificial flavors.
3. Snacks: chips, crackers, cookies and other snacks that contain a lot of salt, fat and artificial additives.
4. Fast food: hamburgers, fries, pizza and other prepared foods, which usually contain a lot of fat, salt and artificial additives.
5. Canned foods: canned food, soups, sauces and other foods containing a lot of salt, preservatives and artificial additives.
6. Convenience foods: ready-made meals that require minimal cooking but contain a lot of salt, fat and artificial additives.
7. Sweets: chocolate bars, candies, cakes containing a lot of sugar, artificial flavors and dyes.

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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.