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Fast food fever: reviewing the impacts of the Western diet on immunity

Overview of attention for article published in Nutrition Journal, June 2014
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)

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28 news outlets
5 blogs
173 tweeters
44 Facebook pages
11 Google+ users
5 video uploaders


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Fast food fever: reviewing the impacts of the Western diet on immunity
Published in
Nutrition Journal, June 2014
DOI 10.1186/1475-2891-13-61
Pubmed ID

Ian A Myles


While numerous changes in human lifestyle constitute modern life, our diet has been gaining attention as a potential contributor to the increase in immune-mediated diseases. The Western diet is characterized by an over consumption and reduced variety of refined sugars, salt, and saturated fat. Herein our objective is to detail the mechanisms for the Western diet's impact on immune function. The manuscript reviews the impacts and mechanisms of harm for our over-indulgence in sugar, salt, and fat, as well as the data outlining the impacts of artificial sweeteners, gluten, and genetically modified foods; attention is given to revealing where the literature on the immune impacts of macronutrients is limited to either animal or in vitro models versus where human trials exist. Detailed attention is given to the dietary impact on the gut microbiome and the mechanisms by which our poor dietary choices are encoded into our gut, our genes, and are passed to our offspring. While today's modern diet may provide beneficial protection from micro- and macronutrient deficiencies, our over abundance of calories and the macronutrients that compose our diet may all lead to increased inflammation, reduced control of infection, increased rates of cancer, and increased risk for allergic and auto-inflammatory disease.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 <1%
Germany 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Nigeria 1 <1%
Other 4 <1%
Unknown 729 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 218 29%
Student > Master 114 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 75 10%
Researcher 73 10%
Other 50 7%
Other 118 16%
Unknown 98 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 190 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 124 17%
Nursing and Health Professions 95 13%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 67 9%
Neuroscience 18 2%
Other 121 16%
Unknown 131 18%

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