You already know that eating well can help you lose weight and keep it off, but did you know that the same program can cut the risk of the two most serious diseases in North America in half?
Research conducted by Drs. De Lorgeril and Simopoulos have shown that you can also reduce your risk of heart disease and even cancer by following a very simple diet. No pill can give you all these benefits.
A group of heart attack patients were followed over a period of four years. Patients who followed this program, rather than the one often recommended by cardiologists, had three times fewer deaths or heart attacks. In addition, there were 61% fewer cases of cancer. This plan is unique in that it includes omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants. These patients have followed the guidelines below, and if these patients can do it, so can you!
Eat at least 5 to 7 servings of vegetables a day. Eat fruit every day. Fruit is better than juice. There have been a wide variety of substances identified in fruits and vegetables that have a major effect on cancer prevention.
Use fat-free milk and yogurt. If you don’t get enough milk products, at least consider taking a good calcium supplement.
Eat less red meat (beef, lamb, pork) and more chicken.
Eat omega-3 rich fish, such as salmon, at least twice a week. Otherwise, take essential fatty acid supplements every day.
Use only canola or olive oil for cooking or dressing.
Don’t spread butter or hydrogenated margarine on your bread. Use small amounts of non-hydrogenated margarine, which does not contain trans fatty acids.
You can drink red wine in moderation. However, people who don’t drink wine can still benefit from taking grape seed extract and pine bark, which contain the same antioxidants.
Avoid most cookies, muffins and cakes, as well as muffin and cake mixes, which contain almost all the bad trans fatty acids. You should try to eat as little of these types of fatty acids as possible, but it is almost impossible to avoid them completely as they are commonly used in the food industry. We now know that these fats are more harmful to your health than saturated fats.
The ideal program is the same whether you want to lose weight, prevent heart disease or cancer. The message is clear, it’s time to do something about it!