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Lipids Health Dis. 2013 Sep 14;12:134. doi: 10.1186/1476-511X-12-134.

Eating a healthy lunch improves serum alanine aminotransferase activity.

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Graduate School of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Nakamura Gakuen University, 5-7-1 Befu, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka, 814-0198, Japan. iwamoto@nakamura-u.ac.jp.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Nutritional guidance and diet control play important roles in the treatment of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver. However, in Japan, nutritional guidance is difficult to provide in practice. Therefore, we evaluated the effects of providing the 'once-a-day' intervention of a healthy lunch on various metabolic parameters.

METHODS:

For a 1-month preparatory period, 10 subjects generally consumed the lunches that were provided by the worksite cafeteria. This was followed by a 1-week washout period, after which, the subjects consumed healthy, low-calorie, well-balanced lunches for a 1-month test period. After the preparatory and test periods, blood samples were obtained from all subjects. The serum levels of indices relevant to metabolic syndrome and fatty liver were measured.

RESULTS:

Serum alanine aminotransferase activity significantly decreased by 20.3% after the healthy intervention. However, the indices of metabolic syndrome did not significantly change. Analysis of the relationship between serum alanine aminotransferase activity and nutrient content indicated that the improvement of serum alanine aminotransferase status was due to the higher vegetable content and lower animal-source protein of the meals provided.

CONCLUSIONS:

In summary, the 'once-a-day' intervention of providing a healthy lunch improved serum alanine aminotransferase status. A diet high in vegetables and low in animal-based protein is important in maintaining a healthy condition.

PMID:
24034595
PMCID:
PMC3848840
DOI:
10.1186/1476-511X-12-134
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