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Another Reason to Eat Healthy: Live Longer

Healthy eating adds years to your life. Seriously.

I know when I repeat the call to eat a diet that is full of fruits and vegetables and low in fat and sugar sort of makes me sound like a broken record at this point. Yet some folks are still sticking to diets full of red and processed meat, French fries, refined grains and sweets (aka a typical "western diet"), so when more evidence comes out stressing the importance of eating healthy, I like to share it with you.

New research has found that a diet high in fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish and poultry protects women against death from heart disease and other causes by as much as 22 percent more than if those who primarily eat red meat, fried foods and refined grains. So give yourself a pat on the back if you're already eating healthy; if not then today is as good a day as any to start. After all, it could add years onto your life.


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, I'm with the other "No Duh" posters...of course eating a healthy diet is going to add years to your life! My husband eats a "typical Western diet", meaning lots of red meat, starches, and lots of extra fat. Oh, and he doesn't work out either. He figures, you only live once, why torture yourself? Except that for me, I don't see eating healthy and working out as "torture". I'd rather live long and have a good quality of life instead of ending up in the ER having a heart attack or a stroke or something.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
its like- DUH... i don't understand why people don't get this? on the "typical western diet" shout out... i had a rude awakening on my recent trip to the grand canyon... the food was pretty unhealthy at all of the restaurants we went to, and then we realized that most of the families we were meeting were all from the mid-west. they all loved the food and ate tons. i'm not saying that all mid-westerners are unhealthy, but it was just a weird conincidence. i guess this touristy place caters to the majority, and the majority eats unhealthy food!
chhavi chhavi 9 years
isn't that a little obvious. eat healthy => stay healthy => healthy life => long happy life!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
i dated a guy who ate awful but justified it with, "well you only live once so you might as well be happy". yes, that relationship was short lived.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
It's common snese, but people don't care! I mean it doens't take a brain surgon to know this one!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
It's not really a duh when people ignore it and eat a lot of junk anyway. It should be common sense but it obviously isn't for everyone.
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 9 years
well duh... :shrug:
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