Junk food attacks your immune system

Junk food attacks your immune system

Scientists have discovered in a study that unhealthy foods can trigger an inflammatory response like a bad bacterial infection – and this has long-term negative effects on immune health.

We all know that eating fast foods is not good for our waistlines or our overall health.

Regularly eating fried foods, which are the most options at these quick stops, is known to promote inflammation in the body – and more inflammation can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The worst ? Eating junk food all the time stresses your immune system. And because fast food pounding a genetic sensor called inflammasome, eating a large hamburger all the time can keep your immune system on alert longer, resulting in an increased risk of developing diseases, according to a new study published in the journal Cell.

In the study, researchers put mice on a typical “Western diet” similar to most fast foods – high in fat, high in sugar, low in fiber – for a month. After a month, the researchers found that the mice developed an important inflammatory reaction – almost as if they had a bad bacterial infection. When they returned to regular rodent food, the inflammation subsided, but the immune system remained ready to react strongly.

” The inflammasome triggers such epigenetic changes ,” said Eicke Latz, co-author of the study, director of the Institute for Innate Immunity at the University of Bonn in Germany. ” The immune system even responds to small stimuli with stronger inflammatory responses. These findings …. have significant societal relevance. The fundamentals of a healthy diet must become a much bigger part of education than they are now. “