BOSTON, MA — Making changes to what you eat is difficult. Often the
barrier to change is a preoccupation with specific choices: Can I have
eggs for breakfast? Is oatmeal better than raisin bran? Individual
choices are meaningful, but if they fit into a sound overall dietary
pattern, there will be plenty of wiggle room, says the July issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch.
report from Harvard's Health Professionals Follow-up Study examined the
effect of dietary patterns, rather than individual foods, on men's
health. The results: Men who ate a lot of red meat, processed meat,
refined grains, and sweets were 64% more likely to develop heart
disease than men with the most prudent diets.
best diet features generous amounts of fruits, vegetables, legumes,
whole grains, low-fat dairy products, olive oil, and fish, says Harvard Men's Health Watch.
A healthful diet is also low in saturated fat from meat and whole dairy
products, trans fatty acids from fried foods and snack foods, salty
foods, refined grains, and concentrated sweets. But that doesn't mean
you have to eat spinach every day or turn down both hamburger and bun.
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