Food scientists are trying to figure out which of the many diets out there are best for you.
A new study published in the journal Nutrients says that while a diet high in fat is likely to lead to better gut health, eating a variety of foods can help you feel fuller.
It’s the same reason people with a high blood pressure are advised to limit their intake of salt and sugar.
“Our findings indicate that the best way to eat a variety and be in good health is to be in control of the amount of food you eat,” says study co-author Dr. Rupak Datar, a professor of nutrition at the University of Michigan and an expert in obesity.
According to the research, a diet that focuses on the whole food group and is balanced with lots of vegetables, fruit and whole grains is likely the most effective for people with diabetes, high blood pressures, or a family history of diabetes.
This study is the first to look at the effects of different kinds of food and to determine which ones are more effective for treating diabetes.
The team recruited a group of about 50 healthy adults who were eating a Western diet, with a Mediterranean-style diet and a diet with fewer processed foods.
The participants ate meals from 6 to 12 hours apart and had regular blood tests.
The researchers fed the participants either a Mediterranean diet (without meat and dairy) or a Mediterranean low-fat diet, which is rich in whole grains and vegetables, and had them do a series of tests over the course of two weeks.
“The primary goal of this study was to determine whether a Mediterranean type diet was better for diabetics than a low-carb, high-fat, high protein diet,” says Datar.
The team followed the participants for four weeks.
The Mediterranean diet is rich with vegetables, nuts, fruits and whole grain foods, but it’s also a bit high in saturated fats and sodium.
Datar says that the Mediterranean diet also offers some good health benefits for people in their 40s and 50s.
However, the researchers also found that people who ate the Mediterranean low fat diet also had better blood glucose control, improved insulin sensitivity, and better blood pressure control than those who ate a low fat Mediterranean diet.
In general, people who eat a low carb, low fat, Mediterranean diet tend to have lower blood pressure and lower blood glucose levels than people who consume a high-carbohydrate, high fat diet, and also lower blood cholesterol levels than those on a high fat Mediterranean-type diet.
“We think it’s because low-glycemic index (GI) foods, such as fruits, vegetables and nuts, tend to lower blood sugar levels,” says Dr. Datar in a statement.
“The Mediterranean diet allows people to focus on the foods they eat and maintain a healthy balance of carbohydrates and fats in their diet.”
Dr. Datars team believes that low-GI foods are not the only thing that can improve health, but they can be the key to having a healthy diet.
He says that these types of foods are rich in fiber and vitamins, which can help balance blood sugar and insulin levels.
People on the Mediterranean-based diet were also better at controlling their blood pressure, heart rate and blood pressure-related symptoms.
The researchers note that people on the low-glucose diet had similar results.
Dr. Michael Pollan, author of the book The Eaters of Desire, says that eating foods high in fiber, vitamins, and other healthy fats can help improve health.
For the research team, the results also show that eating more fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed foods may help to control diabetes.
“It’s not just about having a high intake of fat,” says Pollan.
“It’s about eating a lot of fruits and veggies, lots of whole grains, a lot less sugar, and less salt, as well as having a lot more vegetables, which we know are important for our health and our bones,” he said.
It’s important to note that this study looked at how much fiber a person needed, not the amount they ate.
Dr. Pollan says that if you have diabetes, you may need to take a diet low in fat.
If you have a high cholesterol level, you might want to try a low cholesterol diet.
“There’s also the issue of having type 2 diabetes,” Pollan said.
“If you are high in cholesterol and you eat too much, that could be one of the factors contributing to your diabetes.”
The study is just one of many looking at whether eating a healthy combination of foods or eating a diet full of whole foods can make you feel better, even if you do have a low blood sugar level.
Dr. Pollano says that even though there are several factors that affect how your body reacts to a diet, the most important thing is to keep your blood sugar under control.
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