Eating junk food or ultra-processed food like chicken nuggets, ice cream and breakfast cereals will kill you.
No Sh*t Sherlock! – That was my initial reaction when I read this article in the newspapers today.
My second reaction was, well that is exactly what we at Simple as Fat have been saying for over a year! Of course, backed up by expert opinion from the likes of Professor Robert Thomas who believes that fizzy drinks and excess sugar is at the root of all chronic disease like stomach cancer, obesity type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and dementia. (watch him here…)
The Professor is not alone in these opinions as both Doctor David Unwin and the leading cardiologist, Aseem Malhotra, agree as you will see when you look at our homepage.
This latest article in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) is sensible and makes for very sobering reading …
The report defines ultra-processed foods as:
“formulations of food substances often modified by chemical processes and then assembled into ready-to-consume hyper-palatable food and drink products using flavours, colours, emulsifiers and . . . other cosmetic additives.” These foods include savoury snacks, reconstituted meat products, pre-prepared frozen dishes and soft drinks.”
So, in plain English they are talking about the kind of junk millions eat in the UK and in most Western societies!
Putting this in tabloid terms the Sun newspaper define this as
“Eating ready meals washed down with fizzy drinks increases your risk of dying young, experts have warned. People who ate more than four servings of highly-processed foods a day were two-thirds more likely to die early than those eating fewer than two. And each additional item was linked to an 18 per cent higher risk. High intake was also linked to heart disease and strokes.”
This is NOT just another health or food scare story.
This is serious research based on two different studies. The first one from the University of Navarra, in Spain, which monitored 19,899 people aged 20 to 91 for up to 14 years, during which 335 died.
Then this research was backed up by a study from the University of Paris 13, in France, who analysed data on 105,159 people aged 18-plus for an average of five years. They found eating 10 per cent more highly-processed food was associated with a 12 per higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
It also raised the risk of coronary heart disease by 13 per cent and cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke, by 11 per cent.
This research all comes on top of the fact that we have all known for ages that ultra-processed junk food like crisps, breakfast cereals, biscuits, microwave meals, and fizzy sugary soft drinks like Coca Cola are linked to cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and high blood pressure.
This is why Simple as Fat has the mantra that good healthy animal fat is not the enemy – but sugar is.
These researchers are calling for more sugar tax but we at SAF do not believe that the answer lies in punishing people and ever-increasing taxation but in education.
We need more carrot both literally and metaphorically.
We need to bring back real cookery lessons in schools and real nutritional education so that people understand about Carbs, fats and protein and especially sugar.
Government should immediately change the dietary guidelines and instead of pursuing the vegan agenda with such vigour, they should accept that Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diets and eating plans are a positive way of changing the Nation’s health.
This is why on Simple as Fat we say you should NOT eat starchy carbs, sugar, pasta, bread, cereals, beer, rice and potatoes but instead eat plenty of meat, fish, cream, cheese, olives and leafy green veg.
This is why we stress that you should cook and eat like your Granny did by using real food and cooking from scratch and finally we say if any product contains more than five ingredients DO NOT EAT IT as that is clear proof that it is ultra-processed food.
In conclusion we are also delighted that at last a major study points out the blindingly obvious point that all breakfast cereals are full of sugar and are highly processed and therefore by implication you are so much better to start the day and go to work on an egg, or preferably two eggs!