Studies link junk food consumption to increased risk for heart disease, early death

USA Today (5/30, Bote) reports, “Two new studies…show that consuming convenient junk food has been linked to increased heart disease and early death.” One study involving “nearly 20,000 participants” revealed that “those who consumed more than four servings a day of ultra-processed foods had a 62% increased risk of early mortality.” Another study that tracked “nearly 100,000 people’s consumption of over 3,000 items…found a 12% increase in cardiovascular disease, 11% in cerebrovascular disease, which can result in strokes, and 13% in coronary heart disease.” Both studies were published in the BMJ.