Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Beer, Wine, and Chocolate Are Key to Living a Long Life, Study Says

From Vinepair, Sept. 17:
In news that could brighten even the dreariest of Mondays, a new study claims that anti-inflammatory diets rich in beer, wine, and chocolate could reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

The study, led by Warsaw University’s Professor Joanna Kaluza, was recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, Metro reports.

Working with more than 68,000 participants, Kaluza and a team of scientists found that those with diets rich in fruit and vegetables, as well as beer, wine, and chocolate, which have anti-inflammatory properties, were up to 20 percent less likely to die prematurely than those who ate a lot of red meat, sugary sodas, and processed foods.

“It is known that fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, red wine, beer, and chocolate are rich in antioxidants,” Kaluza told Metro.

Interestingly, smokers that stuck to the anti-inflammatory diet experienced even greater benefits, and were around 33 percent less likely to die in the next 16 years than smokers who did not....MORE
Now, combine that with this piece from Newsweek, Sept. 11:

Eating Cheese and Butter Every Day Linked to Living Longer 
Eating three servings of dairy products a day could lower the risk of heart disease, a study suggests. 
After analyzing the diets of more than 130,000 people in almost two dozen countries, scientists found that eating the equivalent of one serving (244 grams, or 8.6 ounces) of full-fat milk or yogurt, a 15 gram (0.6 ounce) slice of cheese or a teaspoon of butter could benefit health.

The findings, published in The Lancet, contradict dietary recommendations that advise against consuming full-fat dairy products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s dietary guidelines for 2015 to 2020, for instance, suggest eating fat-free or low-fat dairy in its key recommendations.

Mahshid Dehghan, an investigator at the Nutrition Epidemiology program at the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and lead author of the study, told Newsweek: "PURE is the first multination study from low, middle and high income countries that assessed association between dairy intake and risk of clinical outcomes. We are providing new evidence and suggesting that moderate consumption of dairy might be beneficial specifically in low and middle income countries where dairy intake is low."

Researchers at McMaster University evaluated information on 136,384 volunteers between the age of 35 to 70 from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study. At the start of the study, the participants filled out questionnaires about their diets. Researchers revisited the participants nine years later. In that time, 6,796 participants had died, and 5,855 had had heart attacks or other cardiovascular events....MUCH MORE
Combine those two and, unless there is a significant increase in physical activity, we are about to see the healthiest bunch of 300-pounders ever.