Junk food could be responsible for food allergies

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Most people realize that eating junk food like hamburgers, fries and the like, is not healthy. But apparently, these foods are even healthier than previously thought. Because, according to new research findings, junk food could also be responsible for food allergies.

More and more people are suffering from a food allergy

Food allergies have been increasing for many years. According to estimates by the German Association against Allergy and Asthma (DAAB), about six million people are affected in Germany alone. The consequences can be dramatic. "Allergic reactions to food are not limited to specific organs, they can happen shortly after being consumed up to 72 hours later," writes the DAAB on its website. In addition to reactions on the skin, mucous membranes and respiratory tract, it can also cause discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system. In extreme cases, such allergies can even have fatal consequences. The increase in food allergies may be partly attributable to the widespread consumption of fast foods.

According to a new study, high junk food consumption such as hamburgers could be at the root of the increase in food allergies. (Image: Alexander Raths / fotolia.com)

Link between junk food consumption and food allergies

At the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), new research was presented demonstrating a link between junk food consumption and food allergies.

As reported in the review "EurekAlert!", The study indicates that higher concentrations of so-called "advanced glycation" (AGE) products, which are abundant in junk food, are associated with food allergies in children.

To reach their conclusions, researchers from the University of Naples, Federico II, observed three groups of children aged six to twelve (total of 61 children): food allergy, respiratory allergy and controls healthy.

The study found a significant correlation between subcutaneous AGE concentrations and junk food consumption.

It was also found that in children with food allergies, subcutaneous AGE concentrations were higher than in children with respiratory allergies or allergies.

In addition, the research team found convincing evidence of the mechanism of action induced by EFAs in the determination of food allergies.

The consumption of processed foods has increased significantly

AGEs are glycated proteins or lipids after exposure to sugar and strongly contained in junk food: sugar, processed foods, microwaved foods, grilled or grilled meats.

It is already known that EFAs play a role in the development and progression of various diseases such as diabetes, atherosclerosis (arteriosclerosis) and neurological diseases.

But it is the first time that an association between AGE and food allergies has been found.

As the review notes, there are no reliable statistics on the global prevalence of food allergies, but there is growing evidence that this prevalence is increasing, especially among infants. In some countries, the frequency can reach 10%.

In addition, it is known that the consumption of highly processed foods (which are known to contain a greater proportion of adulthood) has increased considerably in recent decades.

In European countries, these foods account for up to 50% of the total daily energy intake.

Better prevention and treatment

"The previous hypotheses and food allergy patterns were insufficient to explain the dramatic increase in food allergies in recent years," commented chief examiner Roberto Berni Canani.

"Therefore, food EFAs could be the missing link, and our study certainly supports this hypothesis, and we need to conduct new surveys to confirm them," says the expert.

"Confirmation of this link will strengthen national governments' arguments for improving public health interventions to reduce junk food consumption among children."

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

"These new discoveries show that there are still many environmental and nutritional issues that affect our health and well-being."

But "Healthcare professionals and patients do not have all the information they need to deal with a disease that dramatically affects their quality of life."

According to the scientist, deficiencies in industrial food processing and labeling also do not contribute.

"We urge the health authorities to better prevent and treat people with food allergies," said Proaño. (Ad)