Western Diet Hurts Immune System and Risks Gut Inflammation

According to a new study, eating a typical “Western diet” weakens the immune system in the gut and may increase the risk of infection and inflammatory bowel disease. 

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Cleveland Clinic carried out their studies in both mice and people. Results showed that a high-fat diet, rich in sugar, causes damage to Paneth cells: immune cells in the gut that help control and regulate inflammation.

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