Study: Every junk food meal damages your arteries!

unhealthy fast foodSource: Science Daily.

Well, this is a bit unsettling. A new study conducted by the University of Montreal found that every single meal of junk food has an adverse effect on the eater’s arteries.

However! There’s some positive news in the study as well. To give the good news, we’ll pass the mic over to Dr. Anil Nigam and his team at the U of Montreal.

“A single junk food meal — composed mainly of saturated fat — is detrimental to the health of the arteries, while no damage occurs after consuming a Mediterranean meal rich in good fats such as mono-and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Dr. Nigam and his team found that after eating the junk food meal, the arteries of the study participants dilated 24% less than they did when in the fasting state. In contrast, the arteries were found to dilate normally and maintain good blood flow after the Mediterranean-type meal.”

The ‘Mediterranean-type meal’ was actually salmon, almonds, and vegetables cooked in olive oil, of which 51% of total calories came from fat (mostly monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats). The Mediterranean diet is something we’re quite fond of at Sherman Health, so much so that we hold a recurring class to discuss its benefits. The next free session meets on Monday, November 12 at 11 a.m. Click here to learn more about it.

This is food for thought at every meal. While fast food is tempting, it appears it negatively affects the body both in the short term and obviously in the long term. Read the Science Daily article for more information on the study.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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2 Responses to Study: Every junk food meal damages your arteries!

  1. Jason Vanderflute says:

    Um, what is the good news then, exactly? Because I seem to have missed it. Apparently you’re saying, “The bad news is that fast food is bad for you. But the good news is that healthy food is not bad for you. Isn’t that great news?” (Um, duh… yes.)

  2. Jason,

    You caught us! The “new” news in this story was the fact that an individual fast food meal damages your arteries. We’ve added a bit more about the Mediterranean diet mentioned in the study to give additional information on the good news side. Thanks for the comment!

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