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Ultraprocessed foods linked to cancer and early death, studies find

Ultraprocessed foods include prepackaged soups, sauces, frozen pizza, ready-to-eat meals and pleasure foods such as hot dogs, sausages, french fries, sodas, store-bought cookies, cakes, candies, doughnuts, ice cream and many more.

Here are some common examples of processed foods you should be wary of and the less-processed alternatives you can swap them for.

  • Hot dogs, sausages, bacon and other processed meats. ...

  • Cereal bars and granola bars. ...

  • Flavoured and coated nuts. ...

  • Frozen and microwave ready meals. ...

  • Microwave and ready-made popcorn. ...

  • Instant noodles.

According to the Department of Agriculture, processed food are any raw agricultural commodities that have been washed, cleaned, milled, cut, chopped, heated, pasteurized, blanched, cooked, canned, frozen, dried, dehydrated, mixed or packaged — anything done to t hem that alters their natural state. This may include adding preservatives, flavors, nutrients and other food additives, or substances approved for use in food products, such as salt, sugars and fats.

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