Substantial research proves the Mediterranean and DASH eating plans offer important health benefits for men. Many diets promise weight loss, but if your priority is to prevent major chronic illnesses, the choices narrow. Only a handful are backed by extensive scientific evidence for health benefits of primary interest to men, like controlling blood pressure and preventing heart attacks and strokes. Both emphasize eating plant foods and healthy fats to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Evidence for wider benefits is accumulating, too—like preserving memory. That’s why these specific diets keep floating to the top. Health researchers noticed that cultures in the Mediterranean region had lower rates of cardiovascular disease and determined that what those people eat and don’t eat had something to do with it. Here are the general features of a Mediterranean dietary pattern. Plant foods as the main source of daily calories.
Eat fresh sliced fruit with meals and save sweet desserts as a restaurant treat. Toss a small handful of nuts, diced fruit, or cooked and chilled whole grain into garden salads. Here are DASH’s major features. The result, Katz and Meller write, is a mire of perpetual confusion and doubt. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Both emphasize eating plant foods and healthy fats to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Why not assume the latest research will all eventually be nullified, and just close our eyes and eat whatever tastes best? However, each identified component of an eating pattern does not necessarily have the same independent relationship to health outcomes as the total eating pattern, and each identified component may not equally contribute or may be a marker for other factors to the associated health outcome.
The Atlantic Crossword. He says they came to him because of his penchant for dispassionate appraisals. Exaggerated emphasis on a single nutrient or food is inadvisable. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It’s wise to transition gradually to a new style of eating. Something like that. The DASH diet was specifically designed to lower blood pressure. The number does things like differentiate intrinsic from added nutrients. Public health could benefit on a grand scale from a unified front in health media: Endorsement of the basic theme of what we do know to be healthful eating and candid acknowledgement of the many details we do not know. The result, Katz and Meller write, is a mire of perpetual confusion and doubt.