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Science discovers that our bodies treat fast food as an infection

Put. That. Burger. Down. Well, honestly, I’m cool with a fast food breakfast, but according to those of science, it is actually killing your immune system. 



One of the most valuable things about living here is the foolish opportunity for cuisine. Wonderfully, you’re essentially left to your own devices, and if you aren’t that keen common on sense, there’s nothing stopping you from burgerising the three large meals of the day, all safe in the knowledge that you wouldn’t have to repeat the same burger, ever. Mmm. Taste the freedom.


However, those who subscribe to the fast food diet, before you renew it for the new year, you should know that there is a party that will sell you out, and shamefully, we can’t fix, or bargain with. You see, our immune system is a smidge racist. It hates us solely because of our Western cuisine. In 2018. I know, right?

The minds (and presumably loveless hips) of science took a bunch of mice on a mish to cholesterol corner, feeding them saturated fats, sugar and salt for the entirety of a month, never offering their interns the opportunity to order from the salad or veg part of the menu, because.

The scientists soon discovered that the bodies of the teensy tiny McMice reacted in the same way it would if it was attacked by a microbial infection.

“The unhealthy diet led to an unexpected increase in the number of certain immune cells in the blood of the mice, especially granulocytes and monocytes,” says one of the team, Anette Christ.

So applied to the plastic tray in the real world, those post-Colonel neg vibes is your body slowly dying.

You see, those white blood cells pointed the scientists towards certain genes that were activated by the mouse diets, genes containing progenitor cells – the types of cells responsible for raising up an immune cell army. That matters, because those particular cells possess a kind of memory in dealing with a biological attack.


Simply put, we are not built for the excessive sugar and processed food we devour. Food has become our comfort. The key is developing a new mindset. Food is for fuel, not for comfort.


So, therefore, if we treat our cells poorly, they’ll be far less likely to help you out when you need it, as they remember the time you abused them with kebab in tow in the very wee morning hours.

Eicke Latz, a fellow member of the team, took a universal view, stating: “(that) these findings, therefore, have important societal relevance…the foundations of a healthy diet need to become a much more prominent part of education than they are at present.”

Which is entirely true, but much like a loveless marriage, chiseled into the bed we’ve made with our lazy decisions, you tend to wonder how we got here. Geoff Jowett (B.Sp.Sc), believes that the change in diet reflects the shift in who we are as a species, stating: “The bottom line is that we are hunter-gatherers. Ten thousand years ago our diet was very different. We ate proteins, vegetables, berries and seasonal fruit. We have to look at where we’ve come from if we are to successfully solve the diseases of modern civilisation.”

Expanding on that point, Jowett believes that we are shuffling quickly to a global health disaster, planting: “Our bodies have not evolved to handle this dramatic shift in diet. Simply put, we are not built for the excessive sugar and processed food we devour…we are medicating with these foodstuffs. Food has become our comfort. The key is developing a new mindset. Food is for fuel, not for comfort.”

However, Jowett believes that cold turkey is not the bird we should ride for change, as he believes that we should all cheat once a week, suggesting that we should devour “one meal of your naughtiest desire, but we must limit it to that.”

Works for me. So, who’s keen on the ten cheeseburger challenge?





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