Standard American Diet (SAD) changing DNA

Our modern processed diets are leading to  poor immune function and increasing the risk of inflammatory conditions, paving the way for multiple current health conditions. These conditions include allergies, obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and auto-immune diseases.

So says researchers at Yale University and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.


The urgent new warning came in a review published in Nutrition Journal, which analyzed the impact that the modern Western diet has on immune function, and the serious risk of ill health due to poor immunity and inflammation.

SAD, a nutrient-deficient way of eating filling fast and processed foods, which has spread throughout the  world, has been indicated  in numerous previous studies to have harmful effects on the immune system and even the immune systems of offspring.

“Of potentially greatest concern, our poor dietary behaviors are encoded into both our DNA scaffolding and gut microbiomes, and thus these harmful immune modifications are passed onto our offspring during their most critical developmental window,” said Dr. Ian Myles of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health (NIH), leader of the latest study.

Each person harbors a unique and varied collection of bacteria that’s the result of life history, as well as with his or her interactions with the environment, diet and medication use.

SAD is characterized by a high intake of saturated fat, omega-6 fatty acids, reduced intake of balancing omega-3 fatty acids, overuse of cheap, mineral-deficient processed salt and high intakes of refined carbohydrates and sugars from GMO corn and soy by-product-laden processed foods.

The researchers concluded that about the most concerning aspect of the modern diet is its ability to directly trigger the inflammatory process and cause dysfunctional, absent, or abnormal signaling to bodily functions which, under normal circumstances, are the body’s first line of defense.

The resulting inflammation in the gut leads to a breakdown of barriers, allowing harmful substances to leak from the gut into the bloodstream and contribute to immune dysfunction.

The researchers noted that while high-quality whole food vitamin, mineral and probiotic supplements can help, the natural body can only fight off so much of the ‘enemy invasion’ of the fast and processed foods that permeate our restaurants, grocery stores and government-subsidized senior, hospital and school menus.

Choosing and learning about different and more healthful food and lifestyle habits for ourselves, our children and other loved ones is up to us.

Source: Waking (Mae Chan)



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