Research Update: The Science behind your diet
Science continues to show how eating the right foods can protect you and heal you from diseases. Recent research out this month shows how healthy, whole-food diets can protect you against cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and dementia. Read my research round up to discover how an anti-inflammatory diet can improve your health.
How an anti-inflammatory diet can improve you health.
Regular meals protect against chronic disease
Researchers are always looking at how you eat, and when you eat affects your health. We know that more people are relying on snacks for energy rather than meals which is impacting on their wellbeing. A recent report in the journal Circulation has linked infrequent meals, skipping meals and a diet heavy in snacks to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Meal timing and frequency have been linked to heart disease and stroke risk factors, which include high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels, as well as obesity, insulin resistance, and insulin sensitivity. [quote]
Researchers suggest that eating mindfully, less “emotional” eating, focusing on planning your meals and understanding triggers for poor dietary choices will improve your overall health.
An anti-inflammatory diet protects against bone loss
The study also showed that an anti-inflammatory diet led to less fractures in young women as well. Column
An anti-inflammatory diet is a whole-food diet – packed with fresh produce, no processed foods or laden with hidden sugars and sodium. Small amounts of protein, minimal dairy, and loads of vegetables.
Diet, gut bacteria and colorectal cancer
Researchers discovered that (once again) a “Prudent diets rich in whole grains and dietary fibre are associated with a lower risk for F nucleatum–positive colorectal cancer but not F nucleatum–negative cancer, supporting a potential role for intestinal microbiota in mediating the association between diet and colorectal neoplasms.”
Basically, this means that if you eat a diet rich in fibre you’ll protect your gut from cancers where this bacteria Fusobacterium nucleatum is known to be a potentially causative factor.
Other positive diet related studies
- Here’s a study showing how an anti-inflammatory plant-based (vegan) diet greatly reduced inflammation markers in the autoimmune condition rheumatoid arthritis.
- Edible mushrooms have been shown to be useful in delaying (or even preventing) dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Mushrooms are amazing functional foods that research shows have antioxidant, antitumor, antivirus, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, antimicrobial, and antidiabetic activities. WOW – you should be eating mushrooms every day.
Hannah Boyd is a nutritionist and herbal medicine practitioner in Sydney’s Inner West. She specialises in wholefood eating, mental health, plant-based diets and hormone balancing. Book an appointment with her today to gain the tools you need to develop a healthy, balanced approach with your plate.
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