Ever been food shamed for your eating habits? I remember being a young boy and my fat, mean grandpa talking down at me for always eating “fried” mozzarella sticks whenever I visited, and that I would surely die by age 21. Welp, I’m 25-years-old with a thin build, he’s dead and I’m writing an article regarding a scientific study comparing mortality rates between those with a low-fat intake diet and those with a relatively higher intake of fatty foods.
Researchers with the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) conducted a 10-year study, comparing the various diets and mortality rates between the participants. Researchers were following the diets of 135,335 people ages 35 to 70 years of all income ranges in 18 countries between 2003 and 2013. On Tuesday, the results of the study was published in the journal Lancet, revealing that those with lower intakes of fat had a higher mortality rate. This is the opposite of what I hear from the doctor when he says to eat less-fatty foods to improve my cholesterol and prevent heart disease.
The study compared 5,796 deaths and 4,784 major cardiovascular disease events. Researchers found out that participants who had a diet with 35% daily fat intake were 23% less likely to die than those who consumed 10% fat (based on their daily calories).
By the way, the study also showed that stocking up on fruit doesn’t push the dial either way when it comes to your death clock. Researchers found that people who consumed three to four servings of fruits, veggies and legumes had relatively the same rate of death as those who ate eight servings or more.
Sounds like an awesome study, right? Welp, not so fast now… Researchers also confirmed that too much carbs are still bad for you. Participants who took in approximately 77% of their daily calories in carbohydrates were 28% more likely to die than those with a lower carb diet.
Put down that pizza, bub! And officers, hands off those donuts!
“These results point to the fact that human biology is very similar across the globe,” Eric Rimm, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told the online newsletter Stat. “It’s not healthy to eat highly processed carbohydrates no matter where you live.”
Welp, looks like you can enjoy that rack of ribs…until another study comes along to spoil your fun!