Processed Foods Can Lead To Gut Inflammation

By: Gaurav Bidasaria, 2016-05-26 09:45:00.0Category:  Awareness
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Here is some food for thought. According to a recent study, processed foods can lead to gut inflammation by interfering with your gut bacteria and their respective working leading to inflammation of intestines and development of certain chronic diseases.

The study was conducted by a group of researchers who took a look at the emulsifiers, a component that is added to many processed and packaged food items like ice creams, peanut butter etc. This is done inorder to increase their shelf life as well as their texture. In the research, the researchers created a simulated environment that mimics the human gut and its entire eco-system including the bacteria that are present in the system. After two different types of emulsifiers, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and polysorbate-80 (P80) were added to the simulated environment, teh gut inflammation markers rose dramatically. 

Benoit Chassaing, an assistant professor of biomedical science at Georgia State University noted that when the altered gut community was inserted in a lab mice, they also developed gut inflammation affecting their intestines, metabolism, obesity, blood pressure and insulin resistance.

Few months ago when I fell ill, I was diagnosed with typhoid, and the first thing that the doctor said after he was done with his prescription was - Ghar ka Khana hi khana aur packaged food se durr rehna. He advised me to not even eat packaged food like peas and paneer saying that they are no good and that I needed something nutritious.

Emulsifiers are listed on ingredient labels, but the additives go by many different names, Chassaing said. This makes it hard to avoid emulsifiers simply by reading food labels. The best way to keep from eating emulsifiers is to avoid processed food, he said.

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