It's often pretty low in essential nutrients, as well.
It's well documented that fast food
should be consumed in moderation, if at all. Indeed, most people
know that takeaway meals aren't ideal, but a recent study has shed
light on just how bad going to the drive-thru really is for your
Eating a diet laden with refined sugars, saturated fat and salt actually promotes the immune system to act as if there is an infection somewhere in the body, according to lead researcher Dr. Eicke Latz.
Dr. Latz is the Director of the Institute for Innate Immunity of the University of Bonn.
To conduct their research, Latz and his team fed a group of mice a simulated "Western diet" for a whole month. This means the mice were fed food loaded with sugar, salt and fat - and were given very little fruits or vegetables.
Annette Christ, another study author, commented on their findings.
As Dr. Latz contends, it's well-known that diet can contribute to inflammation, but his team's findings regarding the immune system are certainly novel in their own right.
In an interview with DW.com, Latz said that the diet-mediated changes to the immune system exhibited by the mice became noticeable within a matter of days.
He noted further that it took a very long time for the rodents' immune systems to calm down.
Even after being off their "Western" food for four weeks, the researchers could still see activated immune cells present in their bodies, waiting for potential triggers.
Dr. Latz noted,
It would seem that in the presence of an overly processed and minimally nutritious diet, similar reactions in the immune system occur.
In the fast food nation, it should really come as no surprise that our bodies literally view the consumption of fast food as a precursor to imminent disease:
But that's not all:
In late 2017, this shocking study (Western Diet Triggers...) by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington found that 1-out-of-5 deaths could be attributed to eating a diet bereft of nutrients and loaded with toxic ingredients.
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