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Health begins in the diet

Julianna Donahue | Journalism

Paella, a blend of seasoned rice, vegetables, and a variety of meats and seafood, is a Mediterranean diet staple and simple to prepare. Image courtesy of Mediterradiet.

What do the Mediterranean, Japan, and Nordic countries have in common? Well, they have the healthiest people in the world, and it’s all due to their diets.

Studies have found that eating fruits, nuts, vegetables, oily fish, and unrefined grains contributes to a longer, healthier life. According to Independent.com, many studies have highlighted the benefits of eating this seemingly magical combination of foods, linking it to better overall health, reductions in chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and dementia.

The typical Mediterranean diet consists of fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts, oily fish, grains, and wine (in a moderate amount). According to Fitness Magazine, these foods promote heart health, lead to lasting weight loss, prevent diabetes, help your eyesight, reduce Alzheimer’s risk, and lead to a longer life.

In fact according to CNN Health, the Mediterranean diet is linked to a lower risk of breast cancer. The Japanese and Nordic diets consist of the same oily fish, fruits, vegetables, and grains.

Another thing these diets all have in common are they are all low in sugar. Scientists agree that sugar is one of the worst things for the human body and eating it is linked to many chronic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes and obesity.These countries have been proven to have the healthiest people who live the longest.
So what can you do to stay healthy? Just switch out some of your old food habits for some new healthy ones. Instead of sugar have some fruit and get antioxidant properties out of it. Cook your usual fish with some unrefined oils and eat a couple vegetables along with your meal.

Look at what you are buying, too. According to Women’s Health there are 56 different ways that sugar is labeled in grocery stores.

These foods cost the same as others at the supermarket and do wonders for your health. They are the best way to stay healthy and feel good about yourself.

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