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Protein intake associated with smaller waist; refined grains and potatoes larger waist
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Protein intake, especially animal protein, as well as carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables are associated with a smaller increase in a person's waist measurement over 5 years, whereas carbohydrates from refined grains, potatotes and foods with simple sugars are associated with a larger increase in waist according to a study from Denmark. Alcohol
Moderate alcohol intake associated with smallest increase in waist over time
A U-shaped curve was found when comparing alcohol from wine to a change in waist circumference over 5 years, meaning that either a low intake or high intake of alcohol from wine was associated with a larger increase in a person’s waist over time, whereas a moderate amount of alcohol intake from wine is associated with a smaller increase in a person’s waist.
Subjects: 20,126 men and 22,570 women, 50-64 years-old
The study followed 20,126 men and 22,570 women in Denmark for five years who were 50- to 64-years-old at the start of the study.
Halkjaer J, Tjonneland A, Thomsen BL, Overvad K, Sorensen T. Intake of macronutrients as predictors of 5-y changes in waist circumference. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Oct, 84(4):789-97.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Danish Epidemiology Science Centre
Institute of Preventive Medicine
Copenhagen University Hospital
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