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By now we should all know that fried and processed foods are leading us to an early grave, but for every food that increases our risk for premature death, there’s another that lowers our risk for premature death. We whole-heartedly accept that eating too many fried Oreos and bags of Doritos will eventually lead us to obesity and heart disease which, in turn, will eventually lead to our death. However, some of us aren’t so quick to believe that certain types of food can stave off our eventual death. If only they knew how much scientific evidence there is backing up these claims.
1.Fruits And Vegetables
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Most nutritionists agree that, for each meal, half of our plate should be filled with something green. A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health took it a step further after showing that people who eat seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day can cut their risk for overall death in half.
A research team from the University of Liverpool surveyed nearly 4,400 people in the U.K. who, on average, consumed just under four portions of fruits and vegetables the day before completing the survey. Respondents who ate at least seven portions on a daily basis lowered their risk for death from all causes, which included heart attack, stroke, and cancer, by 42 percent. Even eating two to three daily servings of healthy produce can lower our risk for death by 19 percent. So what is it about fruits and veggies that makes them so healthy? That brings me to my next point: fiber is very good for us.
2. Foods Rich In Fiber
Fiber is found in various food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. However, only eight percent of adults in the U.S. get the recommended daily amount of fiber from whole grains. To show how important dietary fiber is, researchers from the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study revealing that heart attack survivors who eat the recommended amount of fiber lower their risk for death by 25 percent. The best part is that foods rich in fiber that lower our risk for death also include cereal. (Yes, cereal!) Well, whole grain cereals.
A similar study conducted by the Harvard Public School of Health found that consuming a healthy amount of cereal fiber can lower our risk for death from cancer by 15 percent and diabetes by 34 percent.
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