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Association of fried food consumption with all cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality: prospective cohort study

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5420 (Published 23 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:k5420

Re: Association of fried food consumption with all cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality: prospective cohort study

The prospective cohort study by Yangbo Sun, Buyun Liu and colleagues on the “Association of fried food consumption with all cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality” is a timely published research article [1].

This research study was carried out in older US women (gender based study), but the results of the cohort study are applicable and beneficial to all. The type of oil used for frying is much more important, and accordingly frying itself may not be bad [2].

This cohort study gives a very clear message to health care professionals (HCPs) and people that a non-vegetarian diet is not good to consume. It is better to adopt a vegetarian diet, and the inclusion of dietary fiber & whole grains is beneficial to health.

A study showed that the intake of dietary fiber lowers all cause and cardiovascular mortality in patients who have survived MI [3].

It is a well known fact that long use of whole grains reduces lipid levels, reduces blood pressure, redistributes fat and maintains weight, regulates blood sugar, provides essential minerals, vitamin B & C, may reduce asthma and reduces cancer risk [4]. Studies revealed that whole grains, fruit & milk dietary pattern is associated with improved bone mineral density (BMD) in Korean healthy adults [5] and that whole grain consumption for breakfast is linked with higher test scores in elementary school students [6].

Fast food fever, the modern "Western diet", is addictive, reduces body immunity, and is not good for health [7].

The type of food and its quality (what we eat), the quantity of food (how much we eat) and the right method of taking food (how we eat) are very important [8].

It has become the responsibility of HCPs to encourage people to adopt a vegetarian diet & avoid consuming fast food.

Regards,

References:
1. https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.k5420
2. https://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.d8274
3. https://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g2659
4. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/whole-grains-health-benefits_n_56550...
5. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2015) 69, 442–448.
6. J Am Coll Nutr. 2016 May-Jun;35(4):326-33.
7. https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2015/08/05/Fast-food-fever-Modern-...
8. https://www.nhp.gov.in/spirituality-and-health_mty

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 January 2019
Dr.Rajiv Kumar
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Dr.Sangeeta Bhanwra, Faculty., Dr.Sonia Shinde ( drsoniapmahajan@gmail.com )#, Jtin Sharma ( 19JatinSharma93@gmail.com )# Demonstrator# Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College and Hospital- Chandigarh 160030 (UT), India.
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