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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Pollan details how the nutrition science that has informed and helped design the Western diet is based on a narrow kind of science, focusing primarily on vitamins or on individual nutrients, such as certain fats or carbohydrates or antioxidants, rather than on whole foods or dietary patterns.
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The foods of the Western diet, which include among others processed grains and refined sugars, have far-reaching effects on our health," he says.
This study provides further evidence that low fruit and vegetable intake in the Western diet may be a major risk factor in developing breast cancer," lead author Jackilen Shannon, an assistant professor of public health and medicine, says in a prepared statement.

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