HealthDay reports, “The eating habits of most American adults aren’t in line with dietary guidelines that can reduce the risk of cancer, a new study finds.” Investigators looked at data on approximately 31,000 adults who participated in the annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
An “analysis of what the participants ate in the 24 hours before completing the survey showed that:”
- 63% to 73% didn’t get the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and
- 90% didn’t achieve the recommended 30 grams of fiber per day.”
The data also indicated that participants with obesity “were significantly less likely than other adults to get recommended intakes of fiber, fruit, non-starchy vegetables and whole grains.”
The findings were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You might also like these blogs of mine:
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So, if you’re looking to improve your nutrition, what plan should you choose? In the book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices for a Healthier, Happier You, Dr. Phil Bishop and I advise:
What were the best diets?
In 2019 the “Best Diets Overall” and “The Best Diets for Healthy Eating” were
- the Mediterranean Diet, followed by
- the DASH Diet and
- the Flexitarian Diet.
In “The Easiest Diet to Follow,”
- the Mediterranean Diet was tops, followed by a second-place tie between
- the Flexitarian and
- Weight Watchers diets.
The best three diets for weight loss were, in order:
- the WW (Weight Watchers) Diet, followed by a second-place tie between
- the Volumetrics Diet, and
- the Flexitarian Diet.
For the best “Heart-Healthy Diets,”
- the Mediterranean Diet and
- the Ornish Diet tied for first, followed by
- the DASH Diet.
In the “Best Plant-Based Diet” category, the experts chose, in this order,
- the Mediterranean Diet,
- the Flexitarian Diet, with the
- Nordic diet and
- Ornish diets in a third-place tie.
In the “Best Commercial Diet Plans,” the winners were the
- WW (Weight Watchers) Diet,
- the Jenny Craig Diet, and
- the Nutritarian diet.
We don’t think you can go wrong with any of these.
In fact, two eating plans—(1) a vegetarian diet that includes eggs and dairy and (2) the Mediterranean diet—were shown to be equally effective in reducing body weight, BMI, and fat mass in a three-month randomized trial of 100 adults.
The vegetarian diet was better lowering LDL and the Mediterranean better at lowering triglyceride levels; so, it was concluded, both protected heart health equally.
Our current favorite to recommend is the Mediterranean Diet, followed closely by the Flexitarian and DASH diets, which emphasize consuming lots of fruits and vegetables as well as healthy fatty foods like fish, nuts, and olive oil.
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