Findings from a new scientific study suggest a link between eating a diet of highly processed food*–and the synthetic and industrialized chemicals it contains–and acceleration of the aging process. More specifically, the study** revealed that those people who eat a lot of industrially processed food are more likely to exhibit a change in their chromosomes linked to aging. People who eat three or more servings of ultra-processed food per day doubled the odds of having strands of DNA and proteins called telomeres*** (found on the end of chromosomes) shortened compared to people who rarely consumed such foods. We know that short telomeres are a marker of biological aging at the cellular level, and this recent study suggests that diet is a factor in driving the cells to age faster.
*Highly industrially processed foods have little or no nutritional value and contain more additives (such as artificial flavorings, synthetic coloring/dyes…
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