High consumption of ultra-processed food may double the risk of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis: The Aragon Workers’ Health Study (AWHS)

By Montero-Salazar H, Donat-Vargas C, Moreno-Franco B, et al
Published August 13, 2020

Key Takeaways

Researchers investigated if there exists a direct association of ultra-processed food (UPF) intake with subclinical coronary atherosclerosis among middle-aged men. They analyzed 1,876 men from the Aragon Workers’ Health Study, using a computed tomography scan, to evaluate coronary calcium. Coronary heart disease was absent among participants. Applying the NOVA classification, UPF was defined. Findings demonstrated a 2-fold greater prevalence of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis in correlation with approximately 500 g/day of UPF intake vs consuming only 100 g/day among these middle-aged workers, independently of total energy consumption and other well-established cardiovascular risk factors.

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