According to a recent meta-analysis, results of which were published in the journal Heart, eating fried foods is associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes.
The authors of the study analyzed the results of 19 studies, 17 of which were dedicated to major cardiovascular events, and 6 of which examined all forms of mortality. The analysis showed that the risk increases with each 4 oz (114 grams) weekly.
In general, the researchers found that those who ate the most of the said food had a 28% higher risk of major cardiovascular events, a 22% higher risk of coronary heart disease, and a 37% higher risk of heart failure than those who ate the minimal amount of such foods.
Prof. Riyaz Patel, a professor of cardiology and consultant cardiologist at University College London, U. K., who was not involved in the study, comments the results of the study: “We know that frying food can degrade its nutritional value, generate trans fats, which are known to be harmful, as well as increasing the calorie content of the food, all of which eventually lead to processes that can cause heart disease.”
A new large study from Northwestern University, US, suggests that red and processed meat connected to a higher risk of heart disease and all causes death.
The study finds that people who eat two servings of red meat, processed meat or poultry per week are at higher 3–7% risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and eating two servings of red meat or processed meat per week was associated with a 3% higher risk of death from all causes.
The senior study author Norrina Allen, associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, comments: “It’s a small difference, but it’s worth trying to reduce red meat and processed meat like pepperoni, bologna and deli meats. Red meat consumption also is consistently linked to other health problems like cancer.”
A new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore adds to the mounting body of evidence that plant-based diet may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (and death from it) by 32%.
For the study, a team of researchers checked data from 12,168 people of middle age involved in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, in which the participants were followed from 1987 to 2016.
The analysis of the available data showed that those people who consumed more plants had a 25% lower risk of dying from any cause and a 32% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
The lead author of the new study Casey M. Rebholz, Ph.D., says: “There might be some variability in terms of individual foods, but to reduce cardiovascular disease risk, people should eat more vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fruits, legumes, and fewer animal-based foods.”
According to a new study, presented at Nutrition 2019, the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in Baltimore, US, low consumption of fruits and vegetables may become the cause for 1 in 7 deaths and 1 in 12 deaths, correspondingly, from heart disease.
A team of researchers analyzed the available data, the scientists found that low consumption of fruit was connected to approximately 2 million deaths from heart disease, and low consumption of vegetables was associated with 1 million deaths, on a global level.
Senior study author Dariush Mozaffarian, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy says: “These findings indicate a need to expand the focus to increasing availability and consumption of protective foods like fruits, vegetables, and legumes — a positive message with tremendous potential for improving global health.”
Scientists analyzed a group of 8,121 people aged 54–74 who took part in the study of Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities. None of the participants previously has been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.
The lead study author Dr. Christie Ballantyne, the cardiology chief at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, says: “If the first time you find out that you’re at risk for heart failure is when you actually start getting short of breath and you end up in the hospital, you probably have advanced heart disease already, and it is going to be harder to treat than if that person took steps years earlier.”
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