A study is in the works at Northwestern University focused on the additives in processed food, particularly phosphates and their impact on the heart. They have described phosphates as an additive that is so under the radar that it is actually not even listed on food labels. The American Heart Association (AHA) has teamed up with a new Northwestern Medicine research center to investigate the effects of these phosphate additives further in a population with higher rates of cardiovascular disease and who also consume more processed foods.
This research will be an extension of another Northwestern research already linking a high-phosphate diet to an increase of a hormone, fibroblast growth factor 23(FGF23), that strongl predicts risk of heart failure and death. Consumption of large amounts of phosphates causes the bones in your body to produce more FGF23 which thereby assists the body to excrete the excess phosphate through its action on the kidneys. If this process continues due to this poor diet rich in processed food, FGF23 may cause the walls of the heart’s main pumping chamber to thicken and stiffen which is called left ventricular hypertrophy. This creates a detrimental domino affect leading to heart failure. Read More