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Don’t eat yourself to death

This is not just a to-do list, but also a do-not-do list.

Almost half of heart-related deaths are caused by bad eating habits.

Researchers in the US looked at over 700,000 deaths from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes in 2012.

Diets high in salt or sugary drinks, a lack of fruit and vegetables, and high levels of processed meats were to blame for almost half of the deaths.

So don’t:

  • eat high amounts of salt (optimal – 2g a day)
  • drink high amounts of sugary drinks (optimal – none)
  • eat high amounts of unprocessed red meats (optimal – one 100g serving a week)
  • eat high amounts of processed meats (optimal – none)

The researchers found that 45% of the people who died from the conditions mentioned above were linked to suboptimal consumption of 10 types of nutrients and ate low amounts of fruit, seafood omega-3 fats, nuts & seeds, vegetables, whole grains, and polyunsaturated fats. 

So do eat those.

Almost 10% of deaths were linked to eating too much salt and almost as many linked to not eating nuts and seeds. This was followed by not eating fatty fish (omega-3 oil), then not eating vegetables and fruit. Sugary drink consumption came next followed by low consumption of grains.

So it’s not just about cutting out the rubbish food but also eating the healthy stuff.

Interestingly men’s diets are more linked to poor health than womens’.

The researchers  – from Cambridge University and two universities in America – hope that their findings will inform public health guidelines and influence strategies to change dietary habits and improve health.


Eat well, live longer

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over_eating_on_couch_anim_500_wht_6531and look younger? Well according to the Timesnutritionist Jane Clarke you can achieve all those things by eating better.

By which she means eating less (a low calorie i.e. no more than 1,800 a day, healthy diet is claimed to  add 7-10 years to your lifespan). If you are physically active however you will need more than that.

And eating foods high in anti-oxidants will reduce the cell damage caused by sun, smoke, pollution, burnt meat and rancid fat.

Avoid foods low in transfats, salt, and refined sugars which can increase your blood pressure, add to your weight and increase your risk of heart diseases.

So here is her recommended list of super-foods. Look them up yourself to see specific benefits.

  • Avocado
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Hemp oil
  • Live yoghurt
  • Oats
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Prunes
  • Sardines
  • Black tea
  • Water

There you have it. Eat, enjoy!

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