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Diets High in Healthy Fats and Proteins Slash Heart Disease Risk in Women, Harvard Study Indicates

A recent Harvard study indicates that women can reduce their risk of heart disease by as much as 30 percent by eating diets low in carbohydrates but high in vegetable-based fats and proteins.

A study of more than 80,000 nurses was examined by researchers, which found that heart disease can be reduced by as much as 33 percent in women who eat healthy fats from foods like avocados, nuts, seafood and liquid vegetables.

According to the study, increasing consumption of less-processed carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole-grain bread and cereal products seems to be beneficial to women as well.

The researchers’ findings, which were featured in the November 9th, 2006 issue of New England Journal of Medicine, indicate that replacing processed carbohydrates that come from foods like white bread, bagels, candy, cookies and animal fats with healthy plant-based oils “can help reduce the risk of heart disease,” according to Tufts University professor Alice H. Lichtenstein.

The scientists did make mention that their research was not fueled by the desire to enhance weight loss. While reducing carbohydrate intake was once the weight-loss method popular among many, the researchers say their conclusions advocate a more moderate approach to carb intake than zero carb diets such as the Atkins diet.

“We didn’t really design the study to look at weight loss,” said lead researcher Frank Hu, an associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Lichtenstein says “there’s no magic formula for weight loss.”

Frank Mangano’s commentary:

A healthy diet means avoiding processed foods that promote chronic disease and offer no nutritional value. These foods include (but not limited to) cookies, cakes, candy, refined sugars, white flour, and fast food. A healthy diet consists of consuming plant-based foods such as raw fruits and vegetables.

An effective way to increase your intake of greens and healthy fats is by taking a high-quality whole food supplement on a daily basis. I recommend Alive! Whole Food Energizer by the company Nature’s Way, which contains fruits, vegetables, bioflavonoids, enzymes, amino acids, green foods, herbs, essential fatty acids and mushrooms. I take 6 capsules on a daily basis.

Also, I couldn’t agree more with professor Alice H. Lichtenstein’s statement, “There’s no magic formula for weight loss.”

As I’ve always said, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. There aren’t too many short cuts with achieving anything worthwhile in life and weight loss is no exception.

If you truly desire a better physique, a healthy diet and daily exercise is the way go. Aside from losing weight, you’ll make an investment in your overall health.

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