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Fried food and our heart health: let’s talk about it! What is recommended?

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

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Fried food and Western diets

Diet and nutrition are one of the largest modifiable risk factors for developing chronic life-long diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity. Fried foods are commonly associated with the Western diet [1]. However, as research emerges, concerns surrounding fried foods' effects on our general health become a priority [1].

Here we discuss the associated risk factors that fried food has with coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, type II diabetes, gestational diabetes and obesity.

Fried food and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity

Controversial effects on coronary artery disease

Increased risk for heart failure

Increased risk for hypertension

Increased risk for type II diabetes

Increased risk for gestational diabetes

Increased risk for obesity

The strong association between fried food consumption and the development of various diseases supports the conclusion of complete avoidance. However, this may not be something that is easily achievable.

Based on the aforementioned studies, there appears to be a dose-response relationship between the frequency of fried food consumption and the development of disease. Thus, a more appropriate conclusion is that the reduction to as much as possible is recommended to avoid faster future disease development [2].

Let's protect ourselves from long-term disease development


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