A Diet Based on Multiple Functional Concepts Improves Cardiometabolic Risk Parameters in Healthy Subjects

Juscelino Tovar; Anne Nilsson; Maria Johansson; Rickard Ekesbo; Ann-Margreth Åberg; Ulla Johansson; Inger Björck


Nutr Metab. 2012;9(29) 

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Background Different foods can modulate cardiometabolic risk factors in persons already affected by metabolic alterations. The objective of this study was to assess, in healthy overweight individuals, the impact of a diet combining multiple functional concepts on risk markers associated with cardiometabolic diseases (CMD).
Methods Fourty-four healthy women and men (50–73 y.o, BMI 25–33, fasting glycemia ≤ 6.1 mmol/L) participated in a randomized crossover intervention comparing a multifunctional (active) diet (AD) with a control diet (CD) devoid of the "active" components. Each diet was consumed during 4 wk with a 4 wk washout period. AD included the following functional concepts: low glycemic impact meals, antioxidant-rich foods, oily fish as source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, viscous dietary fibers, soybean and whole barley kernel products, almonds, stanols and a probiotic strain (Lactobacillus plantarum Heal19/DSM15313).
Results Although the aim was to improve metabolic markers without promoting body weight loss, minor weight reductions were observed with both diets (0.9–1.8 ± 0.2%; P < 0.05). CD did not modify the metabolic variables measured. AD promoted significant changes in total serum cholesterol (−26 ± 1% vs baseline; P < 0.0001), LDL-cholesterol (−34 ± 1%; P < 0.0001), triglycerides (−19 ± 3%; P = 0.0056), LDL/HDL (−27 ± 2%; P < 0.0001), apoB/apoA1 (−10 ± 2%; P < 0.0001), HbA1c (−2 ± 0.4%; P = 0.0013), hs-CRP (−29 ± 9%; P = 0.0497) and systolic blood pressure (−8 ± 1%, P = 0.0123). The differences remained significant after adjustment for weight change. After AD, the Framingham cardiovascular risk estimate was 30 ± 4% (P < 0.0001) lower and the Reynolds cardiovascular risk score, which considers CRP values, decreased by 35 ± 3% (P < 0.0001).
Conclusion The improved biomarker levels recorded in healthy individuals following the multifunctional regime suggest preventive potential of this dietary approach against CMD.