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Cut the junk: Eating junk food can give you food allergies

The increased consumption of junk food all over the world might be one big reason why more and more people are getting food allergies. A study presented by researchers from the University of Naples Federico II (UniNa) at the annual meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition found that children with food allergies had higher levels of a compound that is associated with junk food in their skin. The compounds are known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These are proteins or lipids that become glycated after they’re exposed to sugars. Junk foods are filled with AGEs and they are known to play a role in increasing the risk and the progression of conditions that come about due to oxidative stress, such as diabetes, atherosclerosis and neurological diseases. The role AGEs can play in the body is well researched. However, this study is the first to find compelling evidence that AGEs also have an effect on food allergy.  Read more....

 

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