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The influence of ultra-processed food consumption on developing multimorbidity

Stegenga, Machteld (2024) The influence of ultra-processed food consumption on developing multimorbidity. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.


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The increasing incidence of multimorbidity in the last decade is drawing attention to governments and healthcare providers. Ultra-processed foods (UPFs) have become a major part of our diet over the past years. However, this has led to increased concern related to the general health. The consumption of UPFs has been associated with multiple diet-related non-communicable diseases. Therefore it is important to investigate the association between preventable risk factors such as consumption of UPFs and the risk of developing multimorbidity. A systemic search was performed in PubMed, Embase, and Google Scholar in March 2023. Three papers about multimorbidity and UPFs consumption were identified. Other papers linking UPFs consumption to the first disease were also included. Non-communicable diseases that were included are cardiometabolic disease, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, metabolic syndrome, and respiratory diseases. The review revealed that high consumption of UPFs is not only related to single diseases but also linked to an increased risk of developing multimorbidity. The UPFs subgroup artificially and sugar-sweetened beverages had the strongest associations with the increasing risk of developing a single disease or multimorbidity. Replacing UPFs with minimally processed foods leads to a reduction of the risk of developing disease or multimorbidity. Further research needs to be conducted to establish this association and to investigate

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor name: Corpeleijn, E.
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 11:16
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 11:16

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