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Sustainable diets may lead to fewer blood clots in the brain; know more here

An efficient and effective way to optimize your efforts to improve health is to opt for sustainable diets, a new Danish study suggests.

The study by the Aarhus University Department of Public Health, published in the scientific journal Stroke, mentions that sustainable diets not only help reduce the risk of blood clots in the brain, but are also beneficial for the climate.

“If adult men or women follow a sustainable diet and the Nordic recommendations for dietary fiber intake, we see a lower risk of bleeding or blood clots in the brain,” said study author Christina Dahm.

The study used data from the Danish population study Diet, Cancer and Health. A total of 57,053 adults ages 50 to 64 participated in the study in the early 1990s and answered questions about their eating habits and lifestyles. In subsequent years, the researchers used Danish registries to identify participants who developed bleeding and blood clots in the brain.

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“The food we eat has a crucial influence on our health, but it also affects our climate and the environment. We need to eat more sustainably, but of course it’s important that we also have a healthy diet,” Dahm said. He added that the study should be viewed in the context of today’s Danish dietary habits, which contain an increased number of new sustainable foods such as oat milk and plant-based meat alternatives, as well as studies examining more specifically how Danes may become better compliant with climate-friendly dietary advice.

Diet is a major source of #CO2, which we need to reduce, said Dahm in a post on Twitter.

What is a sustainable diet?

A sustainable diet is one that is generally for the long-term and has a low impact on the environment and food supply, said Sakina Diwan, dietician, Bhatia Hospital, Mumbai.

The seven official Danish climate-friendly dietary guidelines are:

*Eat rich in vegetables, varied and not in excess.

* Eat more vegetables and fruits.

*Eat less meat: choose legumes and fish.

* Eat whole grains.

*Choose vegetable oils and low-fat dairy products.

*Eat less of sweet, salty and fatty.

* Quench your thirst with water.

Why should a sustainable diet be adopted?

Adopting a sustainable diet can help maintain an individual’s health while ensuring the planet has enough resources to feed future generations of humans, Diwan explained. “Research indicates that a universally healthy reference diet includes higher consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes. Meanwhile, a person who eats sustainably will eat low amounts or no refined grains, added sugars, meats red and processed foods that have a detrimental impact on health,” said Diwan.

 

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