Diabetic Foods Singapore

Mark Pereira Mark Pereira

The dangers of fast food are well documented: Portions are often larger and the food is generally high in calories and low in nutrients. Now, University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have examined the eating habits of residents in Singapore and found new evidence that a diet heavy in fast food increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

The latest research, published online by the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, found that people who consume fast food even once a week increase their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 20 percent in comparison to people who avoid fast food. For people eating fast food two-three times each week, the risk increases by 50 percent, and the risk climbs to nearly 80 percent for people who consume fast food items four or more times each week.

Eating fast food two or more times a week was also found to increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 27 percent.

Study population is unique

According to University of Minnesota researchers, the few existing studies on the association of fast food and metabolic risk have looked almost exclusively at Western-Caucasian populations from the United States.

“We wanted to examine the association of Western-style fast food with cardio-metabolic risk in a Chinese population in Southeast Asia that has become a hotbed for diabetes and heart disease, ” said the study’s lead researcher, University of Minnesota post-doctoral researcher Andrew Odegaard. “What we found was a dramatic public health impact by fast food, a product that is primarily a Western import into a completely new market.”

About the study

To arrive at their results, School of Public Health researchers worked alongside researchers from the National University of Singapore. Together, they examined results of a study conducted over a period of 16 years beginning in 1993, which looked at the eating habits of 52, 000 Chinese residents of Singapore who have experienced a recent and sudden transition from traditional foods to Western-style fast food.

“What’s interesting about the results is that study participants who reported eating fast food most frequently were younger, better educated, smoked less and were more likely to be physically active, ” said Odegaard. “This profile is normally associated with lower cardio-metabolic risk.”

Implications of the study

According to the study’s senior researcher, Mark Pereira, an associate professor in the School of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, the new research provides an important perspective on global health and the nutrition transfer when cultures developing in different parts of the world start moving away from their traditional diet and mode of exercise.

2011-11-18 07:49:26 by Brainfreeze72

Well kudo's to you. DH is diabetic and I try to

At least keep the sugary sweets and high carb foods out of the house, but he just buys them himself to bring home or eats them at work. At least if we're shopping together and he asks if I want ______ I can say "If it's not in the house, we won't eat it."
Good luck on your diet but if you're doing it to lose weight rather than just to eat healthier, don't forget you need to excercise too. (I know, it's a dirty word but I had to say it).

2010-08-13 14:54:25 by zonkerz26

I have a great....

Recipe book for low-carb/diabetic dishes that works with actual brands and foods found at your local super market and they taste great! It makes you feel as though you're cheating but your not; like nachos and tacos. It maps it out for you week by week and gives you a shopping list so it's easy to only buy the foods that you need; plus you can substitute where needed and it gives suggestions of substitutions. Let me know if you are interested and I'll find the book and post the information for you on where you can get one!

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