Things We Know That Bear Repeating–Nuts, Beans, Vegetables & Fruits Edition

A new study linking animal protein-rich diets to increased mortality in middle age adds fuel to the controversy over how much protein — and from what sources — is ideal for health. One thing that seems pretty clear: It doesn't hurt to go heavy on the greens. iStockphoto

A new study linking animal protein-rich diets to increased mortality in middle age adds fuel to the controversy over how much protein — and from what sources — is ideal for health. One thing that seems pretty clear: It doesn’t hurt to go heavy on the greens. iStockphoto

For most of us, most of the time, less animal protein in our diet is a good thing. For some of us, some of the time, more vegetable protein is a particularly good thing. The takeaways from this short item at The Salt (National Public Radio, USA) are worthy quick dietary recommendations:

…In the new study, Longo and his colleagues found that high-protein foods derived from plants, such as beans and nuts, did not have the same effect on mortality as did high-protein foods from animals…

…But could eating meat and cheese really be as bad for you as smoking, as the university news release describing the new Cell Metabolism paper suggested?

Well, that may be an exaggeration, according to Dr. Frank Hu, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health who studies the links between health, diet and lifestyle.

“The harmful effects of smoking on cancer and mortality are well-established to be substantial, while the harmful effects of red meat consumption are modest in comparison,” Hu wrote to us in an email….

…So the debate about how much protein is ideal — and from which sources — will go on.

In the meantime, if you’re feeling confused, consider the one strategy that almost all experts agree on: moderation.

The simplest way to maintain a healthy body weight and cut the risk of so many weight-related diseases is to limit calories.

So eat what you enjoy. Upsize servings of greens and other vegetables. And downsize servings of meat, cheese and other high-calorie foods.

Read the whole item here.

4 thoughts on “Things We Know That Bear Repeating–Nuts, Beans, Vegetables & Fruits Edition

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