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Link Between Junk Food & Autism Is Sad But Not Surprising. Does the link between processed food and autism surprise you?

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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Link Between Junk Food & Autism Is Sad But Not Surprising

Posted by Adriana Velez

junkfoodWhen we heard about the link between maternal obesity and autism, we thought it made sense, sad as that discovery is. After all, obesity during pregnancy is linked to other risk factors for infants. So it's not surprising that our typical diet of highly processed food is also linked with autism.

The problem here isn't so much with what processed food puts into our bodies -- it's what it keeps our bodies from eliminating. High frutcose corn syrup can cause mineral deficiencies, which in turn can prevent our bodies for getting rid of toxic chemicals in our systems.

Processed food leading to autism is a very complex chain of events, as researcher David Wallinga explains. "If you've got enough calcium in your diet, it's going to protect you from absorbing lead, and concurrently, if you are calcium-deficient, then you're going to absorb more lead in your gut, and therefore have more lead in your bloodstream." Toxins in the environment also play a role here. The researchers recommend a diet high in antioxidants and necessary minerals for pregnant women.

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It's one thing to think about the harm processed foods do to our own bodies and weigh whether or not we want to take the risk. But when our eating habits can effect our unborn children -- what then?

I guess it shouldn't be too shocking that HFCS and other processed foods are (GASP!) bad for us and for our babies. But learning exactly why they're harmful is surprising. Now we know -- if you're expecting, it would be sad to cancel out all the good of those helpful prenatal vitamin supplements with junk food snacks.

Does the link between processed food and autism surprise you?

by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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foistela
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 9:05 PM

No, doesn't surprise me.

                    

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PEEK05
by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

It does not surprise me.

What continues to surprise me is that people are willing to turn a blind eye to the dangers of HFCS and other types of stuff in processed foods. We aren't completely processed food free but we continue to cut more and more out of our diet as we learn more and more. We have very little processed food in our diet, especially compared to what we were eating a couple of years ago. Most people are unwilling to believe that the government would allow us to eat it if it was bad for us, but this is how they can get away with it. No one is willing to do the research and realize just how bad it is. Nothing can be done about it unless people are willing to care about the health of their family. EVERYTHING plays a part in the overall health of ourselves and our families but at least the diet you consume is something you CAN control. If it's something you CAN control, you should do something about it. That's just my opinion.


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