Some plant based foods are ultraprocessed and may cause more health issues than help, according to a report by CNN:

“Want to reduce your risk of developing chronic disease and live longer while also helping the planet? Eat a plant-based diet, experts say.

“Does that mean you can fill your plate with boxed macaroni and cheese, deep-dish frozen veggie pizza or fast-food French fries and have a doughnut or three for dessert?

“While all of those ultraprocessed choices may be meat-free, they are not without risk, said Duane Mellor, a registered dietitian and senior teaching fellow at Aston Medical School in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

“’We can’t always assume plant-based means healthy, as after all sugar is plant-based,’ Mellor said in a statement. ‘Many foods that do not contain animal products, which includes biscuits, crisps, confectionary and soft drinks, are technically plant-based but would not be considered essential as part of a healthy diet by the majority of people.’

“In fact, eating such plant-based junk foods dramatically raises bad cholesterol and hypertension and can lead to associated heart disease and early death, according to a new study authors call ‘the first’ to show ultraprocessed plant foods are associated with an increase in the risk of cardiovascular diseases.”

To read the entire CNN article, click HERE.