Health and Welbeing
Following dietary advice may improve and lengthen life - but few do it
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
The dietary guidelines given by the Swedish National Food Agency (NFA)
or Livsmedelsverkets has been determined in Sweden as the best pathway
to a better, healthy and longer life, But a recent study show that few
people follow it.
The study published at Lund University show that though the dietary
guideline has components that can improve lives and make living better
and happy, few people follow the dietary advice.
One core aspect - eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains in
bread and pasta and fish several times a week, are some of the eating
habits Food Administration recommends for a healthy life. The new study
published at Lund University show that if this guideline is followed,
it would improve lives.
In the study, researchers followed 17 000 Malmö residents aged 44-73
years during a 14-year period. And the result shows that those who
follow Livmedelsverkets recommendations are at lower risk of
cardiovascular disease and cancer. The differences are greatest in men,
where the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease fell by 41 percent
when they ate of the NFA guidelines.
Elizabeth Wirfält nutritional epidemiologist at Lund University is one
of the researchers behind the study. She is not surprised by the
results, but notes that there still are few who follow the dietary
recommendations in full.
“We live in a society where there are all sorts of food products that
contain both sugar and fat, such as so-called "junk food". And there
are many powerful forces in society that wants us to consume these
products. And although there are plenty of fruits and vegetables, it is
difficult to choose right when we live in a society with a lot of
This study comes after a British study which came out yesterday talked
of the effects of obesity and food resources. According to eh BBC,
researchers say that increasing levels of fatness around the world
could have the same impact on global resources as an extra billion
By Scancomark.se Team
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