I SHOULD BE THE LITMUS TEST FOR WHAT'S BAD TO EAT!!
McDonald's hash browns are one of my favorite things in the world. In fact, I think you can't beat a McDonald's Big Breakfast and I get one every now and then. The good news is that it doesn't contain one of their muffins.
THE WORST BREAKFAST YOU CAN EAT (from netscape)
"It may be fast and convenient to stop at McDonald's for breakfast on your way to work, but this may make you think twice: Eat two McMuffins and two hash browns for breakfast and your arteries will remain inflamed until lunchtime, HealthDayNews reports of a new study from the State University of New York at Buffalo. [suny]
Why worry about inflammation of the arteries? This is a direct pathway to atherosclerosis and heart disease.
The specific breakfast cited by the SUNY Buffalo researchers is a McDonald's Egg McMuffin, a Sausage McMuffin, and two orders of hash browns. Total calories: 930.
... Eat this and within an hour, it will trigger inflammation, says study co-author Dr. Paresh Dandona. What's more that inflammation continues for three or four hours longer.
Most of us are well aware that high-fat, high-carbohydrate meals raise our cholesterol levels and send our blood sugar rates soaring. That puts us at greater risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But now nutritionists are aware there is a third danger: inflammation of the blood vessels. The fats and carbohydrate sugars appear to release "free radical" molecules within the blood cells, which in turn trigger the inflammation, reports HealthDayNews.
For the rest of the article, go HERE.
It ends telling us that the culprits aren't the egg or the sausage, it's the has browns, the cooking oil, and the muffins!
(Published in the April issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.)