The biggest health concern in Australia is heart disease, and it’s estimated that a person who eats a lot of starchy vegetable foods such as potatoes and carrots is five times more likely to die from heart disease than a person eating a diet that includes only low-calorie vegetables, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The research, published in December in the International Journal of Obesity, looked at the health impact of eating a lot more than one type of food, and found that those eating the least amount of starch, low-fat dairy, and low-carbohydrate diets were the most likely to be heart-healthy.
“The data suggests that the high fat and high starch diets are probably more of a health risk than the other two diets, because they are less healthy and they don’t provide the nutrients needed to prevent heart disease,” Professor Peter Poon, from the University of Queensland’s Institute for Clinical Research in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, told news.com,au.
“We know that people with heart disease are more likely if they have diabetes and obesity, and that may be the reason for the higher prevalence of heart disease in people who have diabetes.”
“What we’re trying to do is make sure people eat less starch, less fat, more fibre, less salt, less sugar and that they eat foods that are good for their heart.”
Dr Poon said it was important to remember that there were a range of different factors that contribute to heart disease.
“One of them is whether you’re a diabetic, and one of the things that you’re probably not aware of is that diabetes can affect how much starch and fat you eat,” he said.
“There’s also a range [of] things that affect blood sugar, which can affect your overall risk of heart attacks and strokes.”
So you can think of diabetes as being like a high-fat diet.
“It’s also important to realise that if you’re overweight or obese, and you have a lot or all of these things, then you’re more likely than someone who’s not overweight or obesity to have heart disease.”
The research also found that people who ate the least of the two main types of vegetables in Australia were also more likely for heart disease to develop than people who were eating the most of them.
“A lot of the research that’s been done suggests that people are more susceptible to heart attacks because they have a higher incidence of type 2 diabetes,” Dr Poon told news,au.””
We think that the other thing that we’re doing is saying that people should eat the foods that they think they’re going to be healthier on and the foods they think are going to have a lower risk of developing heart disease when they’re eating that way.
“That means we want to make sure that people consume more of the foods in the diet that are low in fat and have a high fibre and a lot less salt and sugar.”
Dr Phil Mowat from the Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for the Analysis of Food and Nutrition said it had long been known that eating a wide variety of foods was good for you.
“People who are healthy, they consume more fruits and vegetables, they eat more protein, and they eat fewer grains, which is good for heart health,” he told news in Brisbane.
“But we’re starting to understand that it’s also good for your overall health.”
The study also looked at eating less sugar, salt and fat, and the findings showed that a low-sugar diet did not improve the health of those eating a low fat diet.
The Queensland study, which included 709 participants, was led by Professor Michael Fuchs, a professor of medicine at the University College of Queensland.
“I think it’s important that people think of the food they’re consuming as a whole, and not just individual foods, and there are lots of different types of food that people eat,” Dr Fuchs said.
Professor Poon explained that while there was no single diet that was going to make people healthier, there were plenty of different diets that could be beneficial.
“Many of the studies that we have done have looked at a high fat diet, and many of the other studies that have looked have looked to the types of foods that people tend to eat more of, like processed foods, like foods with trans fats and so on,” he explained.
“Our research showed that low-starch diets may actually be associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, whereas the low-fibre diets are associated with lower risk.”
“So the research is starting to look at a lot different ways that you can be healthier if you eat different kinds of foods.”
Professor Fuchs is a co-author of the study, with Professor David Miller of the University’s Faculty of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Dr Ian Smith from the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity.
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