Having a fruit-based lunch, vegetables for dinner and not snacking on starchy foods like crisps is the key to warding off cancer and heart disease, a study has claimed.
Researchers from China‘s Harbin Medical University looked for associations between dietary habits and health among more than 21,500 US adults.
They found that eating starchy snacks between meals increased the risk of death by 50 per cent and death from cardiovascular disease by 44-57 per cent.
However, the consumption of fruit, vegetables and dairy products at specific meals was found to help lower the risk of premature death from various conditions.
The study was undertaken by nutritionist Ying Li and colleagues from the Harbin Medical University in China’s northernmost province of Heilongjiang.
‘People are increasingly concerned about what they eat as well as when they eat,’ Professor Li said.
‘Our team sought to better understand the effects different foods have when consumed at certain meals.’
To do this, the team analysed the diets of 21,503 US adults aged 30+ who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2003–14.
They cross-referenced this data with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national death index, noting any subjects who died in the period up to December 31, 2015 of any cause — including cancer or cardiovascular disease.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail