Ingredient found in processed foods may increase susceptibility to autism
New research suggests the consumption of processed food by pregnant women may be linked to autism. According to UPI, researchers from the University of Central Florida found that large amounts of propionic acid can damage brain cells in a fetus, which may lead to autism. Propionic acid used to prolong the shelf life of packaged foods and prevent mold from growing on bread and cheese. But the acid can also decrease the number of neurons a fetal brain is able to develop.