Eating ready-made pizza for dinner increases risk of dementia in people over 50

Dinner, thanks to technology and food delivery services, has long become the “fastest” and easiest meal of the day – instead of looking for the perfect dish by looking through recipes, you can order ready-made food delivered to your home or purchase semi-finished products. For example, frozen pizza, which can be easily reheated in the microwave.

However, according to recent research, including a 2024 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Neuroscience, diets high in ultra-processed foods, such as frozen pizza, increase the risk of developing dementia by 44%. Frozen pizza contains many processed ingredients that can contribute to the development of chronic diseases and increase the risk of early death.

Processed foods are processed meats, modified food starches, hydrogenated oils and additives to extend the shelf life of the finished product, that is, foods that are heavily processed using refined and reconstituted ingredients.

According to a 2022 paper published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, people who eat more ultra-processed foods have a 29% higher risk of early death compared to those who eat more whole foods. Red meat and processed meats such as pepperoni increase the risk of death by 15%.

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