Health worries less during youth. There is also less awareness of the importance of following a healthy diet. But you shouldn’t wait until you’re 50 to start taking care of your cholesterol, glucose, or blood pressure levels. Diseases such as arteriosclerosis begin to develop at an early age. To the diets high in fat and sugar it’s him sedentary lifestyle favor the thickening of atheromatous plaque in the arteries that, over the years, may end up causing a cardiovascular or cerebrovascular event.

There is scientific evidence that ultra-processed foods are the most unhealthy food group because they are caloric and rich in fats, sugars and salt. And young people seem to have a special predilection for this type of product, which is tasty and requires no preparation.

According to a study I Study on Consumption Habits and Lifestyle of Young People Developed by Brooklyn Town in conjunction with the Complutense University of Madrid, the 50.8% of young people consume prepared or pre-prepared meals more than twice a week.

Young people today don’t cook.

The study, carried out with more than 700 students aged between 18 and 25, reveals that 22.4% of respondents consume prepared or pre-cooked dishes 3 or more times a week as a simple and practical alternative.

Despite 80% confess that they like to cook38.1% prefer that others do it for them.

As far as meal preparation is concerned, the 86.8% spend a maximum of 30 minutes preparing food; 24.4% dedicate between 10 and 20 minutes and 6.5% dedicate only between 5 and 10 minutes.

Young people’s favorite dishes

According to the survey, the pre-cooked or refrigerated meals preferred by young people are the following:

  • Pizza (54.9%).
  • hamburgers (28%).
  • Snack Italiansuch as pasta or lasagna (22.5%).
  • Snack China or Japanese (16.3%).
  • tortilla potato (15.2%).
  • chicken or fish with rice or vegetables (13%).

Young people associate the consumption of products such as hamburgers with leisure time and eat them mostly when they are with friends.

The risk of ultra-processed

O ultra-processed they are industrial formulations usually with more than five ingredients that often contain added substances, such as sugar, fat, salt and additives.

To the sugary drinksO convenience foods, processed meats nod industrial pastry are part of this group.

There are several studies that link the consumption of ultra-processed foods with obesity, colon cancer, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and increased risk of premature mortality.

Regarding processed meat, a study by the University of Leeds showed that a portion of 25 g of processed meat per day, the equivalent of a slice of bacon, is associated with a 44% more risk of developing dementia.

In any case, the risk of processed meats or other ultra-processed products would be in your abuse. If they are consumed on time and a diet rich in vegetables is followed, it does not have a negative impact on health.