The intake of fruit, vegetables, and legumes, and also carbohydrates and fat, have direct implications with respect to cardiovascular disease and mortality.
The latest discussion around the largest Diet Study published in Lancet , known as PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology), affirms that higher carbohydrate intake is associated with an increased risk of total mortality. This is not the first report of its kind. Earlier, a study done by National Health Service, UK, stated that low consumption of vegetables and fruits shortens life more than lack of exercise. American Diabetes Association (ADA) released a comprehensive guide, stating the standards of medical care in diabetes for 2017, wherein they acknowledged the importance of a plant based diet.
According to the Lancet study, India (S. Asia) has the lowest intake of vegetable and fruits around the world and relies on refined grain based food for Carbohydrates, Protein & Fat. Study was conducted between top food contributors of nutrients by region– Rural Bangalore, Trivandrum, Urban and rural Chennai and urban and rural Chandigarh.
Second story emerging for India is that, the urban poor is the most vulnerable to early death from lifestyle related diseases compared to the rural poor. This is because the rural poor has access to free land around them and the cheapest food available for them is greens and fruits, whereas urban poor has no access to free land and the cheapest food for them is refined flour!
We had shared earlier, how one’s ideal plate should look like. A tweak in eating habits is all what is required to get back on the healthy trail.Anything, in excess is never good. Just like how a meal with too much salt or sugar is not palatable; similarly an unbalanced plate might satiate your taste buds in short term but will have adverse health repercussions, on a long term basis.
One doesn’t have to wait for signs of diabetes and then look for diabetic diet. Instead, if we can consciously choose well and eat well, we can reverse / beat diabetes! Check out how you can turn you plate from Grain2Green™ .
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