Published on 18th October 2016
A new study has been published suggesting that eating cereals, wheat and potatoes actually increase the risk of heart disease, while consuming dairy products is not linked with the condition.
Conducted by a team of scientists at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, the piece of research reviewed dietary habits in 42 countries in Europe over a 16-year period, with its results conflicting with current guidance on nutrition provided by governments, the Daily Express reports.
“Current heart disease risk is based on flawed data. This study flies in the face of accepted wisdom on diet. It is quite clear consumption of dairy products and meat is not linked with heart disease risk … I can responsibly recommend people change their diets and to lower their carbohydrate load,” Dr Pavel Grasgruber, sports scientist and lead author of the study, said.
Leading cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra made further comments, saying that the study supports the view that dietary factors associated with heart disease are eating too much carbohydrate in potato, wheat and rice.
In the UK, guidelines – brought out in 1983 – advise eating more carbs, including cereals, potatoes and pasta, and less fat, especially saturated fat.
Those looking to protect themselves against heart disease would perhaps be wise to increase their consumption of dark chocolate as well.
New research from the Centre for Global Cardiometabolic Health at Brown University in the US found that chocolate can actually increase good cholesterol when between 200 and 600mg is consumed each day… so eating one piece a day may help to protect your heart.
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