Food for heart health and longevity

At the August 2018 European Society of Cardiology Congress in Munich, experts in the field reported that the thinking on what constitutes a high-quality diet for a global population needs to be reconsidered. The BIG NEWS – results from their study showed that dairy products and meat are beneficial for heart health and longevity, which differs from much current dietary advice.

Many recommendations for a high-quality diet to avoid cardiovascular disease are largely based on studies conducted decades ago in high income countries, with little information on what people eat around the world today. So, the study aimed to clarify the constituents of a modern and international diet to promote heart health and longevity. A dietary quality score was developed based on foods associated with a lower risk of death in previous studies (fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy products, and meat). More than 218,000 people from over 50 countries in five continents took part.

THE RESULTS: People who consumed a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy products, and meat had the lowest risks of cardiovascular disease and early death, with the big takeaway – unprocessed meat is associated with benefit.

This study suggests:

We should limit the amount of refined carbohydrates we eat

Dairy foods and unprocessed meat can be included as part of a healthy diet

As the results appear to relate to people all over the world, so the findings are globally applicable.

Make eating real food Just Routine

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