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Nutrient-Dense, High-Fiber Foods Reduce Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome In Teens – Study

November 10, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
Michigan State University researchers have found that as intake of high-fiber, nutrient-dense foods increases among teenagers, the risk of metabolic syndrome drops. The researchers focused on data collected from 2,100 boys and girls aged 12 to 19 as part of a national health survey done from 1999-2002. The study found a three-fold increase in the number of children that had metabolic syndrome – risk factors for diabetes such as high blood pressure and a large waistline – when children receiving the least fiber were compared with those receiving the most. There was not, however, a significant relationship to either saturated fat or cholesterol intake.
Joseph J. Carlson et al., "Dietary Fiber and Nutrient Density Are Inversely Associated with Metabolic Syndrome in U.S. Adolescents", Journal of the American Dietetic Association, November 10, 2011, © Elsevier Inc.
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