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Processed foods may trigger chronic kidney disease

Long-term consumption of processed foods drives intestinal barrier permeability and increases the risk of chronic kidney disease, a new study reports. Published in the journal Science Advances on March 31, the study used mice to show that consumption of processed foods containing chemical called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) triggered an inflammatory response, which could lead to chronic kidney disease. AGEs are commonly found in potato chips, bread, bakery products, chocolate and confectionery products. Interestingly, the study also showed that the detrimental effects of this diet could be reduced by consuming foods rich in resistant starch fibre, such as oats, cooked and cooled rice, cooked and cooled potatoes, barley, beans and legumes, or raw potato starch (as a supplement).

 

Study: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/14/eabe4841