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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Monday, 7 March 2011

Refined grains and whole grains associated with metabolic syndrome

This post contains a synopsis of a paper published in the Jornal of Nutrition October 1, 2010 vol. 140 no. 10 1855-1863 and a recipe for bacon, egg, avocado and tomato salad.

Study title and authors:
Dietary Patterns Are Associated with Metabolic Syndrome in an Urban Mexican Population1,2
Edgar Denova‐Gutiérrez3,4,*, Susana Castañón5, Juan O. Talavera4,5, Katia Gallegos‐Carrillo3, Mario Flores7, Darina Dosamantes‐Carrasco5, Walter C. Willett, and Jorge Salmerón3–9
Cereal Killer
3Unidad de Investigación Epidemiológica y en Servicios de Salud, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Cuernavaca 65450, México

This paper can be accessed at:

The objective of the study was to examine whether particular dietary patterns are related to risk of metabolic syndrome in Mexican adults. The study consisted of5,240 men and women aged 20–70 years and analysis revealed 3 major dietary patterns: prudent, Western, and high protein/fat.

The high protein/high fat diet and 'prudent' diet were not associated with metabolic syndrome.

The 'Western' diet consisting of high quantities of soft drinks, refined grains, corn tortillas, pastries, seafood, and whole grains were associated with:
(a) High blood sugar
(b) Low (good) HDL cholesterol
(c) Higher metabolic syndrome risk

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Recipe of the day

Bacon, Egg, Avocado and Tomato Salad

Organic Soy-free Omega 3 Eggs (4 dozen)
Food Mall: Eggs
■1 ripe avocado, chopped into chunks
■2 boiled eggs, chopped into chunks
■1 medium-sized tomato, chopped into chunks
■Juice from one lemon wedge
■2-4 cooked pieces of bacon, crumbled (optional)
■Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together, stirring not too much, but just enough to make some of the avocado and egg into mush.

Bacon and Egg Salad