Do you remember a few weeks ago, I told you about my absolute favorite nutrition website, NutritionFacts.org?
Well, as I was about to write this week’s post on an entirely different topic, I got my daily email from NutritionFacts.org. The info was so powerful, I had to share it with you and bump my other topic to next week.
So here’s the deal.
The Harvard Nurses’s Health Study, one of the world’s most authoritative health studies on women–studying more than 200,000 nurses during the past 35 years–recently published new research comparing what causes women to die early or live longer.
Here’s what they found.
The number one single cause of death was heart disease, and dietary cholesterol consumption was a significant risk factor for death.
The second leading cause of death was from smoking-related cancer.
When the study compared risk factors for the two leading causes of death, it got really interesting.
They found that consuming the cholesterol found in just 1 egg a day cuts a woman’s life short as much as smoking 5 cigarettes a day for 15 years.
On the other hand, eating the fiber in just 1 cup of oatmeal a day extends a woman’s life as much as jogging 4 hours a week.
The food most tied to living longer was nuts. The health benefits of eating 2 handfuls of nuts a week was also equivalent to a 4-hour weekly jog.
As our long-time readers know, the only source of cholesterol in the diet is animal products. (Eggs have the most, but all animal foods have it.)
And the only source of fiber in the diet is plant foods.
So the bottom line is that women who eat animal foods live shorter lives and women who eat plant foods live longer.
Check out the video on NutritionFacts.org.