New research from the Washington University School of Medicine found that a western diet, one rich in sugars and fats, impairs the immune system in the gut. Scientists found that the diet could increase the risk of infection and inflammatory bowel disease.
Scientists found that diets high in sugar and fat damaged the Paneth cells, the immune cells in the gut that help keep inflammation low. Without Paneth cells functioning property, the gut can be prone to increased inflammation, which puts people at risk of inflammatory bowel disorder.
“Inflammatory bowel disease has historically been a problem primarily in Western countries