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Processed Meats Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes. Now Dementia Is on the List.

A new study reports that consuming ultra-processed foods, including meats, increases the risk of cognitive decline.

Agrowing body of research shows that eating too much ultra-processed food (UPFs), including processed meats such as hot dogs and deli slices, poses health risks for humans. Now, a new study published in the American Medical Association’s medical journal JAMA Neurology shows evidence that UPFs are linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline.


UPFs consist of highly processed food components such as oils, fats, sugars, starches, and protein isolates. In addition to these ingredients, UPFs also often consist of artificial flavorings, colorings, emulsifiers, and other cosmetic additives. 

In addition to processed meats, other examples of common UPFs include sweet and savory snacks, ready-to-eat frozen meals, and sugar-sweetened beverages.

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