Diet Holds Key To Longevity
|IT'S a finicky
kid's nightmare and a nutritionist's dream come true. New research suggests that eating a
diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meats may
help prolong life. While most Americans fall short of nutritional guidelines, trying to
"at more fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods - instead of counting calories
and fat grams - may make it easier to eat a healthy diet, one of the study's authors said.
"This may be a very practical way to improve diet," said Dr. Arthur Slchatzkin. of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. By focusing on eating more of the recommended foods, people will end up eating fewer less-healthy foods, he said.
In the study of more than 42,000 women, eating a diet rich in recommended foods was associated with a lower rate of dying over a 6-year period, Schatzkin said. Women who ate the highest amount of recommended foods were about 30 per cent less likely to die from all causes during the study than women who ate the least, according to the report.
In addition, they had at least a 30 per cent lower risk of dying from WI types of cancer, heart disease and stroke.
The findings were based on a recommended food score, which was determined by how many times per week each woman ate recommended foods such as fruits, vegetables. low-fat dairy products, and lean meats and poultry.
As reported in The Business Lines news service