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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 temptations.”

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 people.
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