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Access to information improves quality of food

Access to information improves quality of food

The more informed a person is - using newspapers, television and the internet - the greater their adherence to healthy eating habits linked to the Mediterranean diet, which is considered to be the healthiest in the world. The claim is the conclusion of a study by the Research Laboratories at the Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura "Giovanni Paolo II" in Italy and published in the International Journal of Public Health.

Data for the survey were collected from over 1,000 people , who talked about health, lifestyle and eating habits, and completed a specific questionnaire about their use of information from TV, print newspapers, magazine reading, and internet browsing. With this information in hand, the researchers created a score to pinpoint the level of exposure to media information of participants.

They noted that the higher the level of exposure to information, the greater adherence of participants to key Mediterranean diet, such as eating fresh fish, fruits and eating less animal fat.

For the researchers, the press has an important role in combating obesity and unhealthy eating habits. The next step of the study will be to evaluate each communication medium and to closely monitor the changes that the Internet has caused in the lifestyle of people, especially the younger ones, with regard to health issues. The Mediterranean diet is rich in monounsaturated (oil) and polyunsaturated (fish and oil) fat foods that, unlike saturated, reduce levels of bad cholesterol, LDL. In addition, this type of cuisine is based on the consumption of whole grain breads, raw vegetables, cold-water fish with high omega-3 content (such as salmon, tuna and cod), olives, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and of extra virgin olive oil.

Olive oil

Researchers attribute all the benefits of olive oil to the extra virgin olive oil extracted, which is the most noble, obtained in the first pressing of the olives. He is the champion in monounsaturated fats that protect the heart. But even so, canola, corn, sunflower or soybean oils are considered villains. They are also a good fat type - a fatty acid found in sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon, cod, albacore, which in the human body minimizes the harmful action of inflammatory compounds. Ingestion of high doses of this fatty acid is widely indicated to reduce depression, improve the cardiovascular part and prevent diseases of the heart, bowel and joints.

Fungi

Fungi is an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Shiitake-type, a variety of beta-glycans (carbohydrate present in the cell wall of mushrooms) that help to ward off two threats that go around the heart: bad cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels.

Oilseeds

One daily serving of walnuts, almonds or nuts ensures protection of the heart and combats aging. The monounsaturated fats that these foods provide reduce bad cholesterol levels, which clog the arteries and cause a heart attack.


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