Fast food damages DNA and your immune system

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Fast food is nasty enough to permanently damage your body’s chemistry.

By now, most of us are aware that fast food is bad for our bodies. Commercials often emphasize how affordable and filling their food is, but they never mention the cheap quality of their products or the devastating long-term harm to your body. According to a new study, the negative effects on your health are severe enough to not only mess up your immune system (the body’s defenses against disease), but also pass on the defects to your future kids!

The typical American diet is loaded with tons of synthesized sugar, salt, fat, and other processed chemicals. These ingredients are bad news, since researchers found that eating large amounts of them over a long period of time leads to a reduced ability to fight off infections and greater chances of developing cancer, redness, swelling, and pain.

In fact, fast food affects the trillions of bacteria in our gut, upsetting our appetites, emotional balance, physical health, and mental health. Worst of all, the negative impact on our immune system gets coded into our DNA – the molecule that makes up who we are and also gets passed on to our future kids.

Researchers say our best bet is to adopt healthier diets that are low in processed sugars and fats, but that might be easier said than done. In the meanwhile, just keep visits to the local fast food chain to a minimum!

Featured image courtesy of Ebru on Wikimedia. Image of fast food meal courtesy of Peg93 on Wikimedia.