WHAT'S THE MOST HEALTHFUL DIET
WHAT'S THE MOST HEALTHFUL DIET?
Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health show that the most
healthful diet is based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans,
nuts and other seeds.
Doctors were asked to participate in a study that followed their
life style habits for many years. Those who ate primarily the plant
diet were far more healthy than those who ate the Western diet of
red meat, high-fat dairy products, bakery products and pastas. Those
avoiding red meat and refined whole grains had lower blood levels of
insulin as measured by a blood test called C peptide, the bad LDL
cholesterol, triglycerides and the harmful homocysteine, and higher
levels of the vitamin, folic acid. The authors suggest that these
blood tests can be used as a measure whether a person has a
healthful lifestyle and whether he is headed for a heart attack,
diabetes, and a early death. See report #8614.
Association between dietary patterns and plasma biomarkers of
obesity and cardiovascular disease risk. TT Fung, EB Rimm,
D Spiegelman, N Rifai, GH Tofler, WC Willett, FB Hu. American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2001, Vol 73, Iss 1, pp 61-67.
Address: Fung TT, Simmons Coll, Dept Nutr, 300 Fenway, Boston,
MA 02115 USA