These are six foods that, based on various scientific studies, could hold the key to combat and prevent diseases of all kinds.
One of the fundamental pillars of good health is undoubtedly food. And is that the food we eat plays a prominent role in the proper development of our body.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), poor nutrition can reduce immunity, increase vulnerability to diseases, and even alter physical and mental development or reduce reproductivity.
To avoid this type of damage to our health, the recommendations offered by the WHO for a healthy diet include a consumption of free sugar that does not exceed 10% in our diet and a fat intake below 30% to avoid weight increases. Advising to replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats and especially avoiding industrial trans-type.
But it is not just about adopting certain general dietary principles associated with a healthy diet globally. More specifically, more and more scientific research suggests that some foods could actively contribute to combating certain types of diseases.
In this sense, the Nutrition 2018 conference hosted a series of presentations around recent studies aimed at advancing this line of study.
This event marks the starting point of the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the leading professional organization for nutrition research scientists and clinicians around the world. And for this edition several of the scientific works that will be exposed focus on how to include certain foods in our diet could help reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes, cancer or neurodegenerative diseases.
These studies were selected by a committee of experts, but it should be noted that these discoveries should be considered preliminary since they have not undergone peer review processes, a requirement required for publication in a scientific journal.
This list presents the 6 foods that could help fight certain diseases according to the studies that will be presented in Nutrition 2018.
Eggs could reduce diabetes risk factors
According to the findings of a recent study eggs could help reduce the risk factors associated with diabetes.
The study, conducted by the University of Virginia for 12 weeks in patients with overweight or obesity with type 2 or previous diabetes, showed that those participants who ate an egg each day achieved more significant improvements in fasting blood sugar levels as well as insulin resistance than those who ate an egg substitute.
In addition, the results collected indicated that eating eggs did not significantly change cholesterol levels.
Certain dairy products may reduce the risk of some cancers
This research specifically focuses on the relationship between the daily consumption of dairy products and the risk of developing colorectal cancer. The results obtained showed that low-fat or fermented dairy products such as yogurt contribute to a greater extent to reduce the risk of developing this type of disease than other dairy products.
To do this, researchers at Oregon State University studied 101,677 people, aged 54 to 83 years, showing that participants who consumed this class of dairy later showed lower risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Pecans may reduce cardiometabolic risk factors
Pecan is a dry fruit typical of North America, also known as American walnut or walnut pecan, as it bears a strong resemblance to nuts.
According to the research that will be presented in Nutrition2018, the daily intake of a handful of this fruit can help reduce cardiometabolic risk factors in people with excess weight.
The study analyzed overweight individuals over 45 years of age. According to the results, those who consumed pecans showed favorable changes in factors such as blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and insulin-producing cellular function than those who did not eat this fruit.
Vegetables and berries would help reduce the risk of Parkinsonism
Parkinsonism refers to a certain group of neurological disorders that cause movement problems similar to those associated with Parkinson’s disease.
According to this study, the results obtained showed that the increase of consumption of vegetables, mainly green leaves, and berries can reduce the risk of Parkinsonism and even delay its progression in older adults.
For this, researchers followed 706 people for an average of four and a half years with the aim of analyzing whether consuming fruits and vegetables can be associated specifically with a reduced risk of these diseases, noting that among all fruits and vegetables, the berries and green leafy vegetables were the most beneficial for this purpose.
Components of edible mushrooms could fight inflammation
This research analyzed the anti-inflammatory effects of two new water-soluble polysaccharides from the edible mushroom known as thistle mushroom (Pleurotus eryngii).
The analysis of the polysaccharides PPEP-1 and PPEP-2 revealed that these complex carbohydrates can inhibit the induced inflammatory responses highlighting the potential of these fungi as dietary supplements to reduce inflammatory responses.
Coffee could be good for the liver
A study of more than 14,000 people, aged 45 to 64, has found that people who drink three or more cups of coffee every day have a lower risk of liver-related health problems than those who never drink coffee.