It’s no secret Americans, particularly Millennials, are turning away from processed foods in droves. Recent earnings woes at processing giant Kraft Heinz point to that as does a weak profit forecast from Coca-Cola.
The perimeter of the supermarket, where fresh fruits, meats and seafood are sold, is becoming the main circuit for shoppers while the central core of most stores, where the higher-margin processed foods sit, is being ignored.
A new study from France adds to the motivation to just shop the perimeter, if you go to mainstream supermarkets at all.
French researchers looked at “the diet of more than 44,000 middle-aged adults over a roughly eight-year period and found that a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed food consumption was linked to a 14% increase in the risk of mortality,” reports Cooking Light magazine.
“Ultra-processed foods, defined as ready-to-eat meals or snacks that usually contain additives, accounted for roughly 14% of the participants’ food intake. This percentage is actually fairly low compared to most western cultures: the diet of families in the United Kingdom reportedly consists of about 50% ultra-processed foods; this number rises to almost 58% for Americans, according to a 2016 study,” the magazine reported.
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