Researchers ESPGHAN researchers warn that junk food could be responsible for the outbreak of food allergies …

08.06.2019 – 01:01


Glasgow, Scotland (ots / PRNewswire)

Experts at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) today present research showing that higher concentrations of so-called "advanced final glycation products" "(AGE) abounding in junk food can be associated with food allergies in children.

Researchers from the University of Naples "Federico II" observed three groups of children aged 6 to 12 years: children with food allergies, children with respiratory allergies and healthy children without allergies. They found that there was a clear correlation between the subcutaneous level of EFA and junk food consumption. The study also found that children with food allergies had a higher proportion of AGE than children with respiratory allergies or allergies. The research team also found convincing evidence of the mechanism of action induced by EFAs in the determination of food allergy.

EFAs are proteins or lipids that, once exposed to sugar, are glycosylated and present at high concentrations in junk food. They can be attributed to sugar, processed foods, microwave foods and grilled or roasted meats. EFAs play a role in the development of diabetes, atherosclerosis and neurological disorders, but this is the first time that an association has been established between EFAs and food allergies.

There is growing evidence that the prevalence of food allergy is increasing, especially in infants, and in some countries the incidence is up to 10%. Similarly, the consumption of processed foods, which account for up to 50% of the total daily energy intake in European countries, has increased considerably.

Chief Examiner Roberto Berni Canani:

"Current models of food allergies do not explain the dramatic increase that has been observed in recent years – food EFAs could therefore be the missing link, and we need to continue research to confirm and strengthen it. the need for governments to take action in the area of ​​food security, public health to reduce the consumption of junk food among children ".

Isabel Proaño of the European Federation of Patients' Associations with Allergies and Respiratory Diseases (EFA) added:

"Healthcare professionals and patients do not have access to the expertise needed to treat a disease that dramatically affects quality of life, and gaps in product processing and labeling." do not solve the problem. " We invite the health authorities to better prevent and take care of human beings with food allergies. "

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