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The Power of Two

Fried Genes & Gravy

Published April 22, 2014 4:55 PM by Eleanor Wolfram

From the Americas up through Europe, everyone enjoys a hearty meal of greens, cornbread and gravy. However, a change in menu selections may be in order, due to recent findings that fried foods may interact with our genes.

Why is this information important?

Well if you ever wondered which relative you inherited your body shape and weight from--- look to how much fried foods were consume in your family tree.

Genetic Factor
Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers are in consensus that we are genetically predisposed to obesity. This predisposition makes us more susceptible to the adverse effects of eating fried foods, if this pattern of eating is in your family tree.

The study shows that eating fried food more than four times a week had twice as big an effect on body mass index (BMI). This means that the genetic makeup of an individual can drive up the effects of bad diet.

The researchers do state that their findings are not all conclusive and may have been affected by other unknown factors. But they are quick to point out that it is important to look at genetic information when conducting obesity studies and treatment.

Family Habits
On a similar note the International American Stroke Association's presentation at the annual conference 2012-21points out that fried fatty foods, sugary drinks and salty consumables can lead too a higher stroke risk. While this data is not based on genetics, it is based on a family pattern of eating geographical southern-style cuisines.

posted by Eleanor Wolfram

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