A balanced diet is one that gives the body the nutrition it needs to function properly. A healthy diet can reduce the risk of heart trouble.
Where the article did came from? It was published in an upstanding journal, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study was carried out by researchers from King’s College London.
We know that being a healthy weight and not smoking can help lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes, with this the researches engaged 162 men and women (non-smokers) aged between 40 to 70 and measured their blood pressure, artery health and cholesterol. These factors are usually good indicators of the chances of someone having a heart attack or stroke.
One group was given the current dietary recommendations in the United Kingdom (UK). It’s high in fat, salt and sugar, and low in fiber, oily fish, fruits and vegetables.
The other group had a diet with higher amounts of fruit and vegetables, less animal fat, oily fish once a week, replaced refined with wholegrain cereals and restricted salt and sugar intake. Both were put to limit their intake of sweets, biscuits, cake, chips and alcohol.
The ‘healthy diet’ resulted in a considerable drop in blood pressure, an average reduction in heart rate, 8% in men and 4 % in women, and an 8% fall in cholesterol levels. According to Tom Sanders from King’s College London that their findings apply to middle-aged and older people without existing health problems.
For those that followed the ‘healthy diet’, their average body weight fell from 1.3 kg. It rose by .6 kilos for those who followed the regular diet. The waist circumference was also .6 inches lower in the group that was given the ‘healthy diet’.
The stark differences in the results of the target group show just how far a ‘healthy diet’ can go to reduce not just your weight, but also reduces the risk of heart disease and other lifestyle related disorders.
The study suggests that if healthy middle-aged people follow current UK dietary recommendations, there may well be benefits, but we can’t be sure of the size of the protective effect.