Burgers, Fries, and Diet Soda Are Recipes for Metabolic Syndrome
Middle aged adults between the ages of 45 and 64 years old, whom eat a double burger, fries, and a diet soda, increase their chances of metabolic syndrome by 25%. Lyn M. Staffen, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, conducted a study (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) on the eating habits of more than 9,514 of these middle aged individuals; 3,782 of the individuals had three or more of the risk factors that are typical of metabolic syndrome.
The participants were categorized into either having a Western-pattern diet (refined grains, processed meats, fried foods, red meat, eggs) or a prudent-pattern diet (whole grains, fish and seafood, fruit, vegetables, poultry, Low-fat dairy products). “We specifically studied food intake; since when we start to think about making recommendations it is easier to do so using the framework of real foods, eaten by real people.” The researchers found that, “after adjusting for demographic factors, smoking, physical activity, and energy intake, consumption of a Western dietary pattern was adversely associated with incident (metabolic syndrome)”.