Fast Food is Harmful for Heart

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The Typical fast food or western style of diet, which includes red meat, fried foods, hot dogs, french fries, mash potatos, dairy products and salty snacks are responsible for more than 30% of the world heart attacks. This has been circulated on The Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers identified three dietary patterns in the world: Oriental, which include higher intake of tofu, soy and other sauces; Prudent, which includes higher intake of fruits and vegetables; and Western, which includes higher intake of fried foods, salty snacks, eggs and meat. The Prudent diet was associated with a lower heart attack risk than the Oriental, researchers said. "The objective of this study was to understand the modifiable risk factors of heart attacks at a global level. Researchers analyzed the inter heart study, which documents the association of various risk factors and the risk of heart attack in more than sixteen thousands participants in fifty two countries. Here, they analyzed 5,761 heart attack cases and compared them to 10,646 people without known heart disease control. 

The researchers created a dietary risk score questionnaire for heart attacks patients, based on nineteen food courses, and adjusted it for dietary preferences for each country. Trained medical personnel interviewed the heart attack patients and the control group. The questionnaires included healthy food items such as fruits and vegetables and unhealthy food items such as fried foods and salty snacks. A simple dietary score, which included both good and bad foods with the higher score indicating a worse diet, showed that 30 percent of the risk of heart disease in a population could be related to poor diet schedules. 

After adjusting for known risk factors, researchers found: people who consumed the prudent diet of more fruits and vegetables had a 30% lower risk of heart attack. Where as   people who ate little or no fruits and vegetables; people who consumed the western diet style has 35% greater risk of having a heart attack compared to people who consumed little or no fried foods and meat; and the Oriental pattern showed no relationship with heart attack risk. Researchers said that while some components of the Oriental pattern may be protective, others such as the higher sodium content of soy sauces might increase cardiovascular risk, neutralizing any relationship. 

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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