Western Diet Headed South

Metabolic Syndrome is generally defined as a combination of obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), and disturbed glucose/insulin metabolism which is an indicator of type 2 diabetes. The role of diet in this condition is not well understood, so for 9 years researchers tracked the eating habits of 9514 subjects ranging between 45 and 64 years of age. Their findings were published in the clinical journal Circulation.

They found that consumption of fried foods, diet soft drinks and meat was linked to an increased risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome. Although no significant benefits were observed for eating fruits, nuts and vegetables along with the highly processed foods associated with the Western Diet, increasing intake of diary products proved to be beneficial.

The Bigger Picture: Worried about running down your health outlook with a Western style of eating? Try to stick with whole foods. And if you're not a big fan of dairy products, there are alternatives. Take a lot of the fat, cholesterol and lactose out of dairy, and you've got the highly bioavailable dairy-based protein 100% Whey Gold Standard. The same is true of ON's popular Any Whey and Classic Whey powdered proteins. They all provide a very desirable profile of amino acids along with naturally-occurring microfractions and calcium.
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