Obese Children and Adolescents Lack Antioxidants
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Anthropometric variables from 369 children and adolescents were measured (184 obese and 185 control). A validated food-frequency questionnaire was used to calculate the TAC and the daily nutrient and energy intake.
RESULTS: Dietary TAC showed positive associations with fiber, folic acid, magnesium, and vitamins A, C and E. The body mass index, standard deviation score of body mass index and total body fat were inversely associated with dietary TAC only in obese subjects.
CONCLUSION: These data suggest that dietary TAC may be a potential indicator of the risk to develop obesity-related features and could be considered a useful method in assessing antioxidant intake.
Puchau B, Ochoa MC, Zulet MA, Marti A, Martínez JA, Members G.
Dietary total antioxidant capacity and obesity in children and adolescents.
Int J Food Sci Nutr.
Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Physiology and Toxicology, University of Navarra, Irunlarrea 1, 31008 Pamplona, Spain.