High consumption of junk food such as microwaved foods and barbequed meats may be responsible for food allergies in children.
It was found on a research which was presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition. The results show that high levels of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are associated with food allergies in kids.
Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) are present in high levels in junk foods. It includes sugars, processed foods, microwaved foods and roasted or barbequed meats. They are known to play a role in the development and progression of different oxidative-based diseases including diabetes, atherosclerosis and neurological disorders, said the researchers.
For the study, the research team observed 61 children aged between 6 and 12 years. They were identified in three categories – those with food allergies, those with respiratory allergies and healthy controls.
The study revealed a significant correlation between AGEs and junk food consumption, said Roberto Berni Canani, Associate Professor at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy.