04 May What is the best diet in the world
I was recently doing some research as to what is the best diet in the world. It was a really fascinating search and I’ll elaborate on what I found.
The article that really caught my eye was written by US health news. This article named the best diets in the world as rated by top health experts.
The best diet in the world
The diets that came top of the pops included the Mediterranean diet, the DASH diet and the flexitarian diet. These top rated diets have quite a few things in common which is why they are each being hailed as the best diet in the world.
These diets are all high in fresh fruits and vegetables. They are high in wholegrain foods. They include plenty of nuts, seeds, fish and healthy oils. These diets also suggest meat alternatives such and beans, legumes and soy protein as healthy options.
Why are these diets so highly rated?
These foods are all the foods that have been associated with lower risks of heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes and cancer to name a few. They are the foods that provide our bodies with all the essential nutrients to ensure that our bodies function at their best. In many of these diets you will also find that red wine is a regular component of daily intake. Red wine is high in antioxidants and, in moderation, is cardioprotective.
What shouldn’t we be eating?
Another common factor amongst the best diets in the world are the fact that they are low in red meat, low in saturated fat and low in refined sugar and carbohydrates. These foods increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer according to many studies, and the list goes on…
Within these diets the proportion of the various food groups differ. For example some are higher in protein, some are higher in complex carbohydrates and others suggest larger amounts of healthy fats. Despite these differences the messages amongst the various diets remains the same.
Do the top health authorities agree?
Also if you have a look at the dietary guidelines set out by countries across the world you will see a similar trend. You will see recommendations for high fruit and vegetable intake, lower animal protein intake. You will also find suggestions for the inclusion of healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil and nuts.
The take home message
So what’s the take home message. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables every day. The guidelines vary in their suggestions but the range is between 5 and 8 fruit and /or vegetables every day. Ensure that your carbohydrates are complex and wholegrain. Eat more vegetable based protein, legumes and (low mercury) fatty fish two to three times per week. Make sure that any added fats are the heart healthy variety. And finally 1 – 2 servings of red wine a day is a good thing.
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I hope that you have found this information useful. There will be lots more to come.
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