Health benefits and consequences of the Eastern Orthodox fasting in monks of Mount Athos: a cross-sectional study

@article{Karras2017HealthBA,
  title={Health benefits and consequences of the Eastern Orthodox fasting in monks of Mount Athos: a cross-sectional study},
  author={Spyridon N. Karras and Angeliki Persynaki and Andrea Petr{\'o}czi and Evans K Barkans and Hilda Mary Mulrooney and Maria Kypraiou and Themistoklis Tzotzas and Kostantinos Tziomalos and Kalliopi Kotsa and A A Tsioudas and Claude Pichard and Declan P. Naughton},
  journal={European Journal of Clinical Nutrition},
  year={2017},
  volume={71},
  pages={743-749}
}
Background/Objectives:Greek Orthodox fasting (OF), which involves 180–200 days of fasting per year, is dictated by the Christian Orthodox religion. For the first time, this cross-sectional study examines the characteristics and the effects of OF on anthropometry, cardiometabolic markers and calcium homeostasis in Athonian monks (AMs).Subjects/Methods:Daily intakes of energy, macro- and micronutrients of a day during a weekend of Nativity Fast, defined as non-restrictive day (NRD), and a weekday… Expand
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