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Moderate consumption of fats and carbohydrates ‘is best for health’

30th August 2017

A new study has detailed an ideal diet with moderate fat and carbohydrate consumption that is most likely to produce the best health outcomes.

Developed by McMaster University, the diet recommendations are based on research involving more than 135,000 people from across five continents, who were followed for an average of seven-and-a-half years.

It was shown that a diet that includes a moderate intake of fat, fruits and vegetables, and an avoidance of high carbohydrates, was associated with a lower risk of death, with these benefits seen in high and low-income nations.

The lowest risk of death was seen among people who consume three to four servings of fruits, vegetables and legumes a day, with little additional benefit from eating more than this, while consuming a higher amount of fat was associated with a lower risk of death than eating too little.

Additionally, consuming a diet in which carbohydrates made up more than 60 per cent of total energy was shown to be related to higher mortality.

Andrew Mente, an investigator at the Population Health Research Institute, said: "The findings of these studies are robust, globally applicable and provide evidence to inform nutrition policies."

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