Let’s go back to your New Year’s resolution. It most likely had something to do with diet, losing weight, or living a healthy life. Cathy Isom looks into a study about the foods that could help you live longer. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
Eat more fruits and vegetables for a longer, healthier life. That’s according to scientists in Sweden who tested the correlation between an anti-inflammatory diet and all-cause and cause-specific mortality, but also how an anti-inflammatory diet may help you live longer.
The research involved more than 68-thousand men and women, ages 45 to 83, over a 16-year period. Participants who most closely followed an anti-inflammatory diet had an 18% lower risk of all-cause mortality, a 20% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality, and a 13% lower risk of cancer mortality, when compared with those who followed the diet to a lesser degree. Smokers who followed the diet experienced even greater benefits when compared with smokers who did not follow the diet.
Anti-inflammatory foods consist of fruits and vegetables, tea, coffee, whole grain bread, breakfast cereal, low-fat cheese, olive oil and canola oil, nuts, chocolate, and moderate amounts of red wine and beer.
The study can be found in the Journal of Internal Medicine.