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Eating fish and vegetables increases life span: Swedish study

June 28, 2015 08:35 AM

A Swedish study suggests, that older people who eat plenty of fish and vegetables may live longer than people who do not.

A couple of fatty acids found in fish were associated with roughly 20 percent lower odds of death for both men and women.

The good fats can be found in fish like salmon, trout and herring, avocados, olives, walnuts can also supply the good fats. And with liquid vegetable oils such as soyabean, corn, safflower, canola, olive and sunflower.

The men and women with the highest blood levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), that come from fish and plants were significantly less likely to die from heart disease over about 15 years compared to those with the lowest levels, the research was conducted on 4,000 individuals.

An email by Dr Ulf Riserus, a senior study author and a nutrition researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden, stated, “The study supports current dietary guidelines that advise having sufficient intake of both fish and vegetable oils in a heart-healthy diet.” The good kinds of fats are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated which can promote healthy cholesterol levels.

The good fats can be found in fish like salmon, trout and herring, avocados, olives, walnuts can also supply the good fats. And with liquid vegetable oils such as soyabean, corn, safflower, canola, olive and sunflower.

Most adults should in take no more than 20 to 35 percent of daily calories from fats, according to current dietary guidelines. Most of these calories should come from good fats, but it should not be more than 10 percent of saturated fats and as little trans fat as possible.

A nutritionist at New York University’s Centre for Musculoskeletal Care and Sports Performance Samantha Heller, stated, “There is no one miracle food that will launch us into immortality,” Heller added: “The lifestyle as a whole must be considered, including daily physical activity and eating less animal foods like meat, cheese and butter. It is easiest to encourage people to eat a variety of plant foods such as salads, trail mix, roasted vegetables, pasta primavera, almond butter and banana sandwiches, lentil soup, or edamame hummus.” 

 

 

 

 

 

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