"FAST food could be behind surging rates of allergies and asthma among children, an international study has found."
And this was a really big study (319,000 13 to 14-year-olds from 51 countries and 181,000 six to seven-year-olds from 31 countries) that seems set to put to bed the “hygiene hypothesis” as the cause of the allergy epidemic. The paper said the link between fast food and asthma and allergies could be related to higher saturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids, sodium, carbohydrates, sugar or preservatives. I’d also like to think it put to bed the ridiculous and potentially damaging new recommendations from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to introduce solids at 4 months.
The other “surprise” from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood showed that kids who ate more fruits and vegetables had better lung function than those who didn’t. Well fancy that ...
And Australian scientists at Macquarie University, after reviewing decades of evidence have determined that “Consumption of a high fat, high sugar, Western style diet leads to the long-term impairment of brain functioning and may contribute to the development of neurodegenerative conditions.”
Whoever would have guessed ...?
Tragically, massive funds are allocated to this type of research that simply points to the entirely self-evident, logical and common-sense. Another example of the madness that has infected Western society when we have studies to prove that man-made and manipulated are never a match for what nature designed and refined over millenia. Any questions?