Researchers have drawn a surprising finding from the largest international study on nutrition: Red meat and milk are much better than their reputation. For a healthy heart and long life, this is one food on the dining plan.
You are what you eat! This proverb researchers have confirmed again and again. Because our state of health depends on much with our diet. The question is, what exactly should land on our plate, are, however, divided.
Andrew Mente, from the Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Ontario, comes after years of research, a rather surprising finding: According to the canadian epidemiologists also red meat and dairy products are on the dining plan. Many nutritionists demonize these foods as unhealthy.
Mente presented at the end of August 2018 on the European cardiology Congress in Munich, a kind of nutrition formula for a long life. He had selected the heart-healthy and life-prolonging nutrition on the data-base of the PURE study. It is the largest study conducted on food habits: Around 138.500 participants in 21 countries were supported for an average of 7.4 years.
Red meat is good for the heart?
In addition to milk and red meat, the food is mostly on the list that were already in force as a particularly healthy: vegetables and salad, fruit, nuts, legumes, and fish. The dining have drawn up a plan for a long life, the Elements, and his Team, however, is a bit strange:
- 8 servings of fruits and vegetables (daily)
- Of 2.5 or more servings of nuts and legumes (daily)
- In approximately 1.5 servings of red meat (every day)
- 3 servings of dairy products (daily)
- 2 times fish (per week).
The daily energy intake should be fat, according to researchers from 54 percent carbohydrates, 28 percent and 18 percent Protein.
Researchers also used a huge amount of data
The Team developed a points system to allow for the optimal distribution of the food. Who achieved the highest score of 35, has the best chances of living a long life.
The validity of your “PURE Healthy Diet Score” is checked, the scientists are at a total of 218.000 people data. In addition to the PURE-study, you use the Numbers from three other population studies, which dealt with cardiovascular risks.
In all four studies, the experts were able to prove statistically that a high score risk was associated in the PURE Score with a significantly lower mortality than a low score. This was also the case under the consideration of influencing factors such as age, gender, Smoking, exercise or education.
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New study challenges previous findings
The result raises questions of the extent to which the recommendations for a heart healthy diet need to be adjusted – after all, red meat should be yet never a day on the dining plan. Also dairy products such as Butter and cheese should be consumed according to the previous knowledge. They are associated in observational studies with increased mortality.
Andrew Mente argues that the current nutrition recommendations are based on decades-old studies, and only with the diet in industrialised countries apart. In the PURE-study, both countries were included in which the food surplus, as well as those in which a lack of. He says: “In the studies included data from South America, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. They suggest that even a moderate intake of full-fat dairy products and unprocessed meat have a protective effect. In contrast, a diet with a lot of starch is harmful.“
Review: “The” world’s optimal diet, there is not
Critics of the Elements of analysis is doubtful, however, whether it makes any sense at all to formulate in terms of nutrition, a recommendation for all people around the world. Much more likely is that there is “the” optimal diet, and rather, it is to be evaluated from country to country and may even vary from Person to Person.
For example, the cardiology Eva Prescott, the cardiologists Congress, said: “It is possible, we can’t apply the points system of the food all over the world. There are simply too many different diets.“