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Do you tend to eat a diet of fast food, frozen meals, microwave-ready quick on-the-go meals, and munchies? If so, you might want to rethink what’s typically on your plate.
Processed foods tend to be low in fiber, vitamins, and healthy bacteria. They can increase the incidence of diseases characterized by low-grade chronic infection and inflammation such as diabetes, according to researchers at the Institute for Biomedical Research at Georgia State University.
Their study used mice to investigate how changing from a grain and vegetable-based diet to a highly processed, high-fat Western-style diet impacts infections. Natural gut organisms (microbiota) provide benefits such as protection from infection by bacteria. These microorganisms need complex carbs such as fiber to thrive.
Researchers found switching the mouse diet resulted in a rapid reduction in the healthy gut bacteria. Mice fed the Western-style diet were unable to get rid of infection from their systems and were prone to developing chronic inflammation. Researchers concluded that the Western-style diet reduces the numbers of healthy, good gut bacteria, potentially influencing the immune system and the body’s defense against bad bacteria.
Eating foods low in fiber, low in good bacteria, and low in nutrients is risky for your health, and prepared foods can cause inflammation and disease. Know what you are eating. It is always best to eat high-fiber foods that are as fresh as possible.
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!