New studies say what not to eat: Cut out sugary sodas, red meat and reduce heart disease
We know, we know. Every time you turn around, health researchers point to a facet of your diet that you should cut out or add in for improved health. With so many differing results, it sometimes seems appropriate to take advice with a (reasonably portioned) grain of salt.
But new research based on the Heath Professionals Follow-Up Study — a 22-year long study of 51,529 primarily Caucasian male heath professionals aged 40 to 75 that is updated every two years — offers the latest proof that simple changes in your diet can greatly reduce heart disease.
Give up that daily Coke
Put down that cola. Sugar-sweetened beverages up the chance of heart disease in men.
A 12-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage each day increases a man’s risk of heart diseaseby 20 percent.
Researchers “found that the increase persisted even after controlling for other risk factors, including smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol use and a family history of heart disease.”
However, the study found no apparent problem with having a sugary soda every now and then. “Less frequent consumption — twice weekly and twice monthly — didn’t increase risk,” the report states.
Or switch to artificially sweetened beverages. Researchers found no apparent link between increased risk of heart disease and consumption of beverages with artificial sweetner.
Another reason to enjoy Meatless Mondays
Red meat, long blamed for increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, has now been proven to almost assuredly cause premature death.