Western diet


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A diet loosely defined as one high in saturated fats, red meats, ‘empty’ carbohydrates—junk food—and low in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood, poultry
Health effects The Western diet has been linked to hypertension, heart disease, hypercholesterolaemia, diabetes, obesity, and colorectal cancer

Western diet

Public health A diet loosely defined as one high in saturated fats, red meats, 'empty' carbohydrates–junk food, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafoods, poultry. See Junk food. Cf Food pyramid, Mediterranean diet.

Western diet

A diet with inadequate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, and low-fat dairy products and excessive amounts of refined and processed foods, alcohol, salt, red meats, sugary beverages, snacks, eggs, and butter. The Western diet, which is low in potassium, high in sodium, fats, and simple carbohydrates, has been implicated in many diseases, including atherosclerosis, type II diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.
See also: diet
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Zumpano recommends heart patients start to shift away from a Western diet to a Mediterranean-style diet.
But one group that was fed a diet still fairly high in sugar, comparable to what is in the Western diet, had significantly higher levels of inflammation, oxidative stress and liver fibrosis.
Although factors including stress, hormonal differences in foods, and pollution can be confounding factors, we must not ignore the Western diet that these populations adapt is higher in refined sugars and carbohydrates and lower in vegetables and lean protein.
The study will take a year to evaluate the effects of a low fat diet, Western diet, or fish oil supplements on prostate cancer growth.
Those in the top quintile of adherence to the Western diet had over three times the risk of not retaining their disease-free baseline status by the end of follow-up, compared with those in the bottom quintile (hazard ratio=3.
Enter agribusiness lobbyists, and a sea change for our Western diet.
And diets heavily laden with fruits and vegetables tend to be far better for our bodies than the typical Western diet.
Colon cancer patients who eat a typical Western diet appear to have triple the risk of recurrence, compared with those who do not follow a Western diet.
Colon cancer patients who eat a typical Western diet seem to have triple the risk of recurrence, compared with those who don't follow a Western diet.
The trouble is that linoleic acid, which is found in most junk foods, is the most abundant polyunsaturated fat in the Western diet, and most Americans get more of it than they need.
Through the riches of our country, we can afford more meat, dairy products and processed foods; thus, contributing to our poor health, "over-nutrition", otherwise known as the Western Diet.
Contrary to the accepted hypothesis positing downregulation of low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) in humans, expression of the human APOE4 isoform combined with increased LDLR was harmful in genetically modified mice when red a high-fat Western diet, predicting important interactions between genotype/phenotype and exposure.

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