Eating fast food has a really alarming unseen effect on your body, scientists warn

Rob Waugh

One of Donald Trump’s aides recently revealed his McDonalds order is ‘two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted’.

But eating a diet high in fat and calories – like Trump’s – has an alarming, unseen effect on the human body – with the immune system reacting as if to a bacterial infection.

Researchers from the University of Bonn found in a mouse study that unhealthy food seems to make the body’s defences more aggressive, even over the long term, causing inflammation.


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These long-term changes may be involved in the development of arteriosclerosis and diabetes, diseases linked to Western diet consumption.

Researchers placed mice on a high-fat, high-sugar diet for a month – and they showed a strong inflammatory response throughout the body, almost like after infection with dangerous bacteria.

Anette Christ, postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Innate Immunity of the University of Bonn said, ‘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.

‘This was an indication for an involvement of immune cell progenitors in the bone marrow.’