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November 2015 Issue

The Western Diet Affects Immunity

If you need one more reason to avoid the Western diet—our nation’s typical highly processed eating style—here it is: it may compromise your gut microbiota and immune function. A recent National Institutes of Health review of the science on this topic reveals that there are many factors in the Western diet—high in sugar, sodium, and saturated fat; and low in omega-3s—that can negatively impact the gut microbiota, which then diminishes the immune system. Even more disturbing is the knowledge that this diet can affect our genes, creating havoc for future generations.

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