A plant-based diet improves biomarkers for obesity-related inflammation, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online in Obesity Reviews. Researchers analyzed 29 studies that tracked inflammatory biomarkers linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer for 2,689 participants. Those who consumed plant-based diets improved their blood level concentrations for several inflammatory biomarkers, compared with those who did not eat plant-based diets.
Eichelmann F, Schwingshackl L, Fedirko V, Aleksandrova K. Effect of plant-based diets on obesity-related inflammatory profiles: a systematic review and meta-analysis of intervention trials. Obes Rev. Published online July 13, 2016.
Nutrition Tip of the Day
Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. Small amounts are fine, but when people eat large amounts, it can wreak havoc on metabolic health. A high intake of added sugar is linked to numerous diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many forms of cancer.