Keep ultra-processed foods off the menu

Ultra-processed foods are ultra-convenient. You can get just about anything prepackaged, from ready-made meals to baked goods and snacks. But these foods are usually loaded with lots of added sugars, fat, salt, chemical additives, and preservatives. And a study published online July 14, 2021, by The BMJ suggests that eating ultra-processed foods — like donuts, salty snacks, soft drinks, and processed meat — is associated with higher risks of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis).

Researchers reviewed the self-reported dietary habits of more than 116,000 middle- and older-age adults around the world who were followed for about 10 years. Compared with people who ate less than one serving of ultra-processed foods per day, people who ate one to four servings per day had a 67% increased risk of getting IBD.

Those who ate five or more servings of ultra-processed foods per day had an 82% increased risk for IBD. Researchers say there may be something about the way foods are processed that contributes to IBD. The study is only observational and doesn’t prove that eating ultra-processed foods causes IBD. But it’s likely: scientists already suspect that eating processed foods may generate an unhealthy mix of microbes in the gut, leading to inflammation.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Isaiah 40:31
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Jeremiah 29:11
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Mark 9:23
23 “ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Philippians 1:6
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Psalm 9:18
18 But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
Psalm 33:18
18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
Psalm 33:22
22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.
Psalm 71:14
14 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.

le verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

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