WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Junk foods are often high in sodium that’s why it’s not a healthy choice for a snack.
- But, aside from containing less to no nutrients, junk foods are also linked to a higher risk of developing cancer.
- The European study revealed that people who followed a diet with a low Nutri-score or those who ate the most junk foods had a higher risk of developing colorectal, respiratory tract and stomach cancers.
A large, European study showed a strong relationship between eating junk foods and the risk of developing cancer. Due to this discovery, the researchers behind the study supported the integration of a simple, color-coded labeling system that’s being implemented globally.
Published on Sept. 18 in the journal PLOS Medicine, the study was led by the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research. It was aptly titled “Nutritional quality of food as represented by the FSAm-NPS nutrient profiling system underlying the Nutri-Score label and cancer risk in Europe: Results from the EPIC prospective cohort study.”
The study aims to provide scientific evidence of the value of the Nutri-Score system—a five-color nutrition label designed by the British Food Standard Agency. The label and color basically represent the nutritional quality of the foods. A grade of A means that food has the highest nutritional quality, represented by a dark green color. An E grade indicates poorest nutritional quality, represented by a dark red color.
The Nutri-Score system is not mandatory, but both France and Belgium are already showing support.
The team of researchers used the same principle as the Nutri-Score system to examine and grade the diets of almost 500,000 people from ten European nations, also identifying trends by reviewing the at cancer rates among the participants. Different factors like smoking, family history of cancer, and BMI were also adjusted.
Results revealed a higher risk of cancer—colorectal, respiratory tract, and stomach cancers—among individuals who followed a diet with a low Nutri-score (people who ate the most junk food).
Authors of the study Mélanie Deschasaux and Mathilde Touvier conclude that “Overall, this adds support to the relevance of using [the British nutritional system] as an underlying nutrient profiling system for the simplified nutrition label Nutri-Score.”
The study suggests that the Nutri-Score system could be beneficial for prevention efforts as it can help consumers make healthier options when purchasing foods.
Source: Medical Daily