Tiny tweaks to good health

Zainab Ali

Most of us try to eat right and exercise regularly, but we’re only human. And if your diet isn’t as good as it should be, the idea of radically altering what you eat can be intimidating – even though it can be better for your health. But, according to new research out of the UK, making just small changes to your diet may have a significant impact on your health. Here’s what they discovered: Making small tweaks to diets could increase a person’s life expectancy by eight months and also reduce diet-related greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent. Those tweaks included eating more of some things, and less of others.
Eat Less: Animal products (especially in the form of red meat), savoury snacks like chips. Eat More: fruits, vegetables, cereals (whole grains). Researchers discovered that those little tweaks could reduce the odds a person would develop heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes, helping them to live longer, healthier lives. Relatively small changes in our diets, say a bit less meat and dairy and a bit more fruit and vegetables, can have tremendous benefits for our health and for the health of our planet. Small, productive changes are key to reap the big benefits.
For example, some people may think removing gluten is going to make a big impact, but we know that’s not the case unless you have gluten intolerance. Moreover, a few more fruits and vegetables to our daily diet can definitely make a positive change in our overall health because they’re lower in calories, higher in nutrients and fibre and contain non-essential nutrients like antioxidants which can help prevent chronic diseases. Once you start to incorporate these changes into your daily routine, it gets easier and makes a big impact on your overall health.
—Karachi

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