A Plant-Based Diet Lowers Diabetes Risk by up to 34%

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A Large-Scale Harvard Study Extols the Virtues of a Plant-Based Diet 

Regular rutabaga, carrot and beet consumption may be the key to warding off type 2 diabetes. This comes from a large-scale study out of Harvard University that followed the dietary patterns of over 200,000 thousand subjects over the better part of two decades.

Among the many findings, researchers saw that those who stuck to a diet that was high in plant foods and low in animal products reduced their risk of diabetes by 20%, but those who ate a healthy and plant-based diet reduced their risk of diabetes by 34%.  Those at the other end of the plant-gobbling spectrum, the “shabby plant-based eaters”–people who chowed on a lot of refined grains, taters and soda still reduced their risk of diabetes by 16%. Heck, according to the researchers just reducing your consumption of animal products by a serving or two seemed to confer some protection against the disease.

Researchers believe that the possible health benefits are derived from the vegetables’ fiber, antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids and micronutrients like magnesium. Additionally, they cite plant foods for their ability to help create a healthier gut microbiome.

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Protein as an Afternoon Snack May Help with Weight Management

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For many years when I would get hungry in the afternoons, I would reach for a nice cold barrel fish. Back then, eating barrel fish was very convenient for me because of my proximity to barrels and fish. But little did I know that eating barrel-raised, protein-rich fish while watching my mid-day “stories” was helping me to keep slender.  Although all that nonsense about barrels and fish isn’t true because it’s completely insane, there is true and staggering new evidence that protein in the afternoon may help you manage your weight.

According to a study out of the University of Missouri, Columbia and published in the Journal of Nutrition, mid-day protein-snacking can help improve diet quality and reduce appetite.  This short-term study looked at thirty-one overweight and target-weight teenagers. Some were given a high-fat snack, some a high-protein snack and the sad, last group were given no snack at all.  Those in the high-fat group consumed twenty percent more food during the day than the protein group, and the no-snack group ate thirty-percent more than Team Protein. Members of the protein group also saw a decrease in their fat intake and asked for their dinner twenty minutes later than the other two groups.

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Plan on Aging Gracefully? Well, You’d Better Fiber Up!

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We all know that fiber is great for the digestive system. The two go together like horse and carriage or peanut butter and chocolate. However, a new study out of Australia that was published in the The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (the longest name ever) found that a diet high in dietary fiber may be the key to aging gracefully.

Researchers looked at data gathered in a large cohort study that examined 1,600+ people who were over the age of fifty to see if they could find a connection between sensory loss, systemic disease, healthy aging and carbohydrate nutrition. They investigated several key factors of nutrition: fiber intake, glycemic index and load and sugar intake.  They found that of all the nutritional factors, fiber intake seemed to be the greatest for predicting healthy aging, i.e, the absence of disability, depression, cognitive impairment, chronic disease, coronary heart disease and stroke.

Those with the highest fiber intakes were nearly 80% more likely of living longer and healthier during the ten-year span of the study. They were also less likely to experience dementia, depression, disability and high blood pressure. The mechanism for these apparent benefits is unknown, but researchers believe these findings warrant further study.

Researchers admitted that they were surprised that sugar didn’t have a larger impact on aging but noted that their test group of older adults may have skewed slightly outside the norm because the subjects weren’t big on soda pop.

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Source: ScienceDaily