Food in the News

 

There have been quite a few items of interesting news about food and health recently.

 

There have been quite a few items of interesting news about food and health recently.

 

The American Institute for Cancer Research is constantly updating its news page with research results concerning foods that help prevent cancer. In its 30 year history it has concentrated on food as a means of fighting the disease. Much of it extols the virtues of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and beans. Its recommendation is that these items should provide 2/3 of your "plate" as they are low in calories and rich in nutrients. More information is here.

 

These foods are also recommended by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Health in Ageing, the website of American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging. Both of these stress the importance of eating high nutrient / low calorie foods as you get older in order to maintain health and physical function. Fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, fish, lean meat and whole grains are the foods of choice, as well as the avoidance of processed foods, high in calories and low in nutrients, and food and drink with added sugars, which also give you calories but no nutrients. As published on the website Medline Plus, The Academy of Nutrition advises that a healthy diet has benefits for athletic performance including improvements to your cardiovascular system, respiratory function, immune system, your bones and muscles and your metabolism. So altogether a better body.

And if you want to look better as well - don't we all? - a study published earlier this year in the online journal PLoSone found that increased consumption of fruit and vegetables led to a significant improvement in the appearance of skin. A trial found that as short a period as six weeks of increased consumption of fruit and vegetables led to perceptible improvements in the "apparent healthiness and attractiveness of facial skin" according to lead researcher Ross Whitehead of the School of Psychology at St Andrews University. The aim, amongst other things, was to establish whether the improvements in "attractiveness" would act as an incentive to "motivate dietary change" i.e. for the purposes of weight loss.

So here's the thing - if you want to look good, don't get your face "cut and pulled", don't inject it with poisons, just eat lots of fruit and veg! And a healthy-looking face will look better on a strong body - so plenty of exercise, too!

 

Now you know!