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August 29, 2012

Diet's Contribution to Chronic Disease

Remember the old saying: "You are what you eat?" Diet is found to be a significant contributor or protector against chronic diseases. In chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and stroke, diet is a major contributor to cause and mortality.

Two diets that have been studied extensively and have been found to be effective are the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and the Mediterranean diet. The dash diet, in conjunction with the USDA's "healthy plate method" looks at types of foods and portion control. The Mediterranean diet focuses more patterns of eating and the synergy of combined the food in that diet, such as olive oil, fish, and alcohol.

Included in the article linked above is "Primer on Fats" which examines why low fat diets fail. It also reviews "good" fats and "bad" fats and how to incorporate those into your diet and how to read food labels to avoid trans-fats.

Posted by linda at August 29, 2012 5:49 AM

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