Chips and fries can damage your bones: Study

RNA genetic profiles of cartilage cells that had been subjected to junk food were showing characteristics of impaired bone development

Cravings for junk food can destroy your bones, in a study by a group of researchers from the Hebrew College of Jerusalem in Israel find connections between ultra-processed meals and diminished bone high quality.


The team surveyed lab rodents whose skeletons were in the post-embryonic stages of growth. The rodents that were exposed to ultra-processed foods suffered from growth hindrance and their bone strength was adversely affected.


The researchers also detected high levels of cartilage build-up in the rodents' growth plates, the "engine" of bone growth.


An additional tests of the rodent cells, the researchers found that the RNA genetic profiles of cartilage cells that had been subjected to junk food were showing characteristics of impaired bone development


The study concluded that the ultra-processed meals can have a particular destructive influence on skeletal development.


The team then sought to examine how specific eating habits might impact bone development and simulated this kind of food intake for the rodents. They divided the rodents' weekly nutritional intake 30 per cent came from a 'controlled' diet, and 70 per cent from ultra-processed foods. Even if they reduce fats, carbs, nitrates and other known harmful substances, these foods still possess their damaging characteristics. Every part of the body is prone to this damage and certainly those systems that remain in the critical stages of development.

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