“Everyone knows” that a healthy diet is low in fat, low in sodium, high in protein.
Everyone does know this.
Except it isn’t true.
In early December of 2017, the world learned the results of yet another enormous new study of food and health.
This most recent study included 135,335 people from 18 different countries across five continents.
It took place over seven years. Called the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiologystudy, or PURE study, the results were published in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and best known general medical journals.
It’s conclusions were the same as every other relevant study of the 21st century: The healthiest people in the world have diets that are full of vegetables, include a variety of whole fruits, beans and other legumes, seeds, and whole grains, and are low in refined carbohydrates and sugar.
How about protein?
Those conclusions, too, were the same as every other major study of the 21st century:
People who get enough calories get enough protein.
But salt is bad, right?
Salt doesn’t matter much.
Yes, cholesterol levels in the blood matter, but dietary cholesterol is, for most people, a bogeyman.
Eat the damn yolks.
And none of this is really news. For whatever reason, this information–these scientific conclusions–just don’t have the star power or staying power of diet fads, like Atkins, paleo, juicing, or Body by Vi, but study after study after study has drawn the same conclusions.
Since the turn of the century, every significant health study from every country on the planet has concluded:
A healthy diet: Eat more vegetables and less sugar and other simple carbohydrates.
Getting simple carbohydrates out of your diet is far more important than reducing fat, or the kinds of fat.
You don’t want to be sucking salt cubes, but a low salt diet is not a healthy diet.
If your vegetables would taste better with more salt, reach for the shaker.
But we should still eat "low fat"– right?
The study results conceded that: “The best diets will include a balance of carbohydrates and fats—approximately 50 to 55 percent carbohydrates and around 35 percent total fat, including both saturated and unsaturated fats.
Again, the same as every other major study of the 21st century.
Absolutely necessary. You can’t have a healthy diet without them. Period.
The obvious conclusion: The best diet is one that uses salt, spices, fat, and flavor to make VEGETABLES TASTE GOOD.
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