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Business Diet Harms the Heart

Sharon Palmer

We all know that when you travel frequently, it can wreak havoc on your health goals. And now scientists have confirmed these suspicions. Social business meals, which are based on eating out, snacking on the run, highly processed foods, sweet drinks, red meats, and alcohol, raise the risk for developing heart disease, researchers say. The study compared the impact of this eating plan with two others—the Mediterranean diet (rich in fruits and vegetables), and the Western diet (high in red meats and refined grains)—on 4,000 healthy adults. Arterial clogging tests show business dieters had significantly worse cardiovascular risk profiles.

(Journal of the American College of Cardiology, August 2016) Read the full study here.

Image: Desserts for breakfast at a hotel in Vienna, Sharon Palmer, RDN

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