Science compared every diet, and the winner is real food

There is a plethora of articles out there what you should or should not be eating, especially regarding sugar, fat and carbohydrate. This article contains some of the most sensible ideas out there: Science Compared Every Diet and the Winner is Real Food.

Earlier this year, we started at least trying to minimise the amount of meats we eat so it is encouraging to read this:

“A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention.”

We are a long way off from going meat-free (and probably never will in totality) but E said to me the other night that he didn’t need as much meat so hey, maybe we are going somewhere. Not exactly rocket science advice though right?

Also, with a pre-schooler and a toddler in the house we are not going to be going low-carb any time soon (yes I tried it on my kids and whilst my toddler might have shockingly pleasantly enjoyed her golden turnips so much she ate a less than ideal amount of the risotto resulting in her waking in the middle of the night for a milk feed) I think I should be making more whole grain seeded and nutty 5-minute bread (I’ll blog another time about that) than ever.

“Among the salient points of proven health benefits the researchers note, nutritionally-replete plant-based diets are supported by a wide array of favorable health outcomes, including fewer cancers and less heart disease. These diets ideally included not just fruits and vegetables, but whole grains, nuts, and seeds…..They also found carbohydrate-selective diets to be better than categorically low-carbohydrate diets, in that incorporating whole grains is associated with lower risks for cancers and better control of body weight.”

Finally, I think this quote basically says it all:

“If you eat food direct from nature…you don’t even need to think about this. You don’t have to worry about trans fat or saturated fat or salt—most of our salt comes from processed food, not the salt shaker. If you focus on real food, nutrients tend to take care of themselves.”

Now, next time my mother calls up about those latest health-fad products…but maybe I had better start making my own hummus again – no wonder my kids like salted store-bought hummus so much…

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