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Improving Your Diet Just a Little Bit Can Help You Live Longer, Says Study


Improving Your Diet Just a Little Bit Can Help You Live Longer, Says Study
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This kind of increase, researchers said in a statement, could be as simple as swapping one serving of red or processed meat for nuts or legumes, such as beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts.Overall, participants who maintained healthy eating patterns throughout the study period lowered their risk of death between 9-14%, with even those who started out with unhealthy eating patterns seeing a reduced risk the more healthy food they added over time.On the opposite end of the spectrum, those who followed unhealthy eating patterns saw an increased risk of early death.Since two of the scoring methods have to do with the Mediterranean diet and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet, it’s no surprise that the foods researchers found contributed to the most improvement in quality are staples of the two eating plans: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, and omega-3 fatty acids"Our results highlight the long-term health benefits of improving diet quality with an emphasis on overall dietary patterns rather than on individual foods or nutrients,” said senior study author Frank Hu, professor and chair of the Harvard Chan School Department of Nutrition. “A healthy eating pattern can be adopted according to individuals' food and cultural preferences and health conditions. There is no one-size-fits-all diet."All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. FORTUNE may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Interactive Data. ETF and Mutual Fund data provided by Morningstar, Inc. Dow Jones Terms & Conditions: http://www.djindexes.com/mdsidx/html/tandc/indexestandcs.html. S&P Index data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

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