Several countries around the world, including England, France, and Belgium, have introduced new nutrient profiling systems in order to allow people to see clearly the nutritional value of any product.
There is irrefutable evidence that poor nutrition is linked to poor health. But recently, a study found a direct link between the consumption of foods with low nutritional value, better known as “junk foods,” and a higher risk of cancer. The research was conducted at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, in collaboration with several other research institutions, and published in the journal PLOS Medicine.
The researchers used nutritional and medical data collected from nearly 500,000 participants in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. The median follow-up period was more than 15 years, which means that there were enough people and enough time to ensure the statistical validity of the results.
During this time frame approximately 50,000 people were diagnosed with cancer: more than 12,000 with breast cancer, nearly 7,000 with prostate cancer, nearly 6,000 with colorectal cancer, in addition to such cancers as lung cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, and cancers of the digestive tract.
The researchers found that individuals who reported regular consumption of junk had a significantly increased risk of cancer.
Due to the clarity of their results, researchers recommend that a new nutrient profiling system will soon be required in the United States, allowing people to make more informed choices when purchasing products.
At Atlantic Coast Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Lakewood, NJ, we don’t need any new nutrient profiling to help us maintain the health of our residents. Our staff includes registered dietitians who work with a master chef and a group of culinary experts to prepare healthful, delicious meals. We even take care to serve our residents on fine china to ensure that our meals are as pleasing to the eye as they are tempting to the palate.
Or better yet, come see for yourself: Contact us to schedule a tour by calling 732-364-7100, or by clicking here.
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