Eating highly processed foods greatly increases the risk of cancer.
This was revealed in a medical study in France.
Research from Sorbonne University has shown that a deadly disease like cancer is now leading to more deaths in the world due to ready foods, sweet cereals and soft drinks.
Research has shown that processed or junk foods increase the risk of cancer, especially in middle-aged women.
According to research, foods packaged with chemicals are not the same as home-made foods and the more people eat them, the higher their risk of any type of cancer.
The study further said that the possible reason for this is that such foods as meat, sweets and chips are high in fat, salt and sugar, while they are low in vitamins and fibre which provide protection against diseases.
The researchers said this was the first study to shed light on the link between ultra-processed foods and cancer risk.
People who eat highly processed foods have a 23% increased risk of developing any type of cancer over the next five years, the researchers added.
He added that the risk of breast cancer in middle-aged women increases to 38%, while in young women it increases to 27%.
During the study, researchers looked at more than 3,000 food products and found that sweet drinks were the most common type of processed food, followed by breakfast porridge companies.
The study was published in the British Journal of Medicine.