Individuals who regularly eat pizza and crisps are 25% more at risk of developing throat and mouth cancer, a new study has revealed.

Latest research has found that eating 350 grams of ultra-processed foods can trigger the development of throat and mouth cancer.

According to the study, 350 grams of ultra-processed food is equivalent to a grab bag packet of crisps.

Examples of ultra-processed foods include cakes, fizzy drinks, biscuits, sweets and certain types of fast food.

During the experiment, the team of researchers examined the diet and lifestyles of 450,111 people.

They found that eating 350 grams of ultra-processed foods makes you 25% more likely of developing oesophageal adenocarcinoma – a type of throat cancer.

The young, tall and more physically active study participants consumed the most ultra-processed foods as part of their diet, according to the findings.

In addition, the participants with the highest ultra-processed food intake tended to drink less alcohol and consumed more fat, sodium and carbohydrates in their diet.

First author Fernanda Morales Berstein said: “Replacing any amount of ultra-processed foods in the diet with less processed foods may decrease the risk of upper-aerodigestive tract cancer.”

The study has been published in the European Journal of Nutrition.

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