Fast Food Disease: There is no dearth of fast food lovers all over the world. But, according to a recent study in London, people's immune system is being affected due to excessive consumption of fast food. According to scientists, eating heavily processed foods, including burgers and chicken nuggets, is leading to an increase in autoimmune diseases worldwide. Actually, people's immune system is getting confused due to fast food.
Scientists believe that people are suffering because their immune system cannot tell the difference between a healthy cell and a virus-like organism that has invaded the body because of fast food.
The main reasons for the lack of fiber content:
Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London are studying the cause in more detail. For now, he hopes this is due to the lack of ingredients in fast-food diets, such as fiber, that affect a person's microbiome. The microbiome is the collection of micro-organisms present in our gut, which play an important role in controlling various bodily functions.
Autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, are caused by the body attacking its own tissues and organs.
More than one disease at a time:
According to James Lee and Carola Vinusa of the Francis Crick Institute, there was an increase in autoimmune cases in Western countries, including the UK, about forty years ago, and this trend is now emerging even in countries that have never had the disease before. According to the researchers, some people living in the West are now suffering from more than one autoimmune disease at a time. Cases of inflammatory bowel disease have increased in the Middle East and Asia, places where the disease was rarely seen until recently. Lee and other researchers are looking for links to diet and to pinpoint the exact cause of a variety of diseases.
Four million people affected in western countries:
There are around 4 million people with an autoimmune disease in the UK. At the same time, internationally, these cases are increasing between 3 and 9 percent per year. Previous studies found a link between environmental factors and an increase in conditions that involve the introduction of more microplastic particles into the body.
Lee says that since human genetics has not changed over the past few decades, it means that there is some sort of the change in the outside world that may be increasing our propensity for autoimmune disease. Researchers say that fast-food diets lack some important ingredients, such as fiber. This evidence suggests that this change affects a person's microbiome.