EATING unhealthy food has a similar effect on the body to catching a life-threatening bug, a new study claims.
Researchers said grub laden with fat and sugar sends our immune systems into meltdown.
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Tests on mice with an unhealthy diet showed their defences reacted as if they were under attack from a serious infection.
A “fast food sensor” responsible for the body’s aggressive response was also pinpointed in human immune cells.
German researchers found the inflammatory reaction becomes more pronounced over time, increasing the risk of major illnesses.