HILLS, England – A healthy diet should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, according to new research from the UK’s National Health Service.
Researchers from Imperial College London and Imperial College Medical School say that Mediterranean diets are the healthiest diets, with moderate intake of vegetables, legumes and nuts.
Researchers looked at people who were part of the UK National Health Survey between 2006 and 2014 and asked how many portions of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes they ate each day, as well as how many calories they ate, per day.
The researchers found that the Mediterranean diet was most effective at improving health.
People who were not overweight were more likely to eat the most portion of fruits than people who are overweight.
They were also less likely to have a high intake of nuts and seeds.
Dr John Rennie from Imperial told News24 that eating more fruits and veggies is good for health, but it is important to remember that it is not necessary to follow it for all of your meals.
“The health benefits of eating more vegetables are likely to be most pronounced if you are eating more than one serving a day, rather than consuming the same amount of food in one meal as you normally do,” he said.
“It is also important to recognise that a high fruit and vegetable intake is not necessarily associated with lower mortality risk, and that it can even help prevent death from heart disease, stroke and cancer.”
The researchers also found that people who ate a Mediterranean diet were more than twice as likely to drink more water than people eating the American diet.
The researchers suggest that people should be wary of the health claims made about the Mediterranean Diet and the advice given about it.
Dr Rennies advice to eat more fruits is as follows: “Eat more fruit and vegetables.
Try to get more fruits into your diet each day.”
Dr Rannies research also shows that a Mediterranean Diet can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 20 per cent, stroke by 20 to 30 per cent and stroke risk by 20 or 30 per day, if a person meets certain nutritional and lifestyle requirements.
The Mediterranean Diet is a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that contains a variety of fruits including oranges, avocados, bananas, strawberries, peaches and grapes.
The researchers also advise that people avoid excessive alcohol consumption.