Have Wine, Have Chocolate - And Live 6 Years Longer

Thursday, September 08, 2005

If you are shell-shocked by the flood of negative economic news hitting the newswires day in day out, here is finally some good news. Oh no, don't think that gyrating energy markets will retreat to levels we all wish for. Don't think there is any positive growth news out there either. Neither has the inflation outlook become less scary. But scientists in Australia and the Netherlands have come up with a diet that could add up to 6 years to your life and reduce the risk of a heart attack by 78 percent, news.com.au reports. As it involves wine and chocolate this is at last a health-diet most people won't have a problem to adhere to. From the report:
The diet focuses on seven foods that have been proven to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.
It involves daily consumption of 150 ml of red wine, which has been found to cut heart disease risk by 32 per cent.
Chocaholics line up, because you have to consume 100 grams of dark chocolate per day, an amount the scientists calculate will reduce blood pressure.
You have to eat four meals of fish each week (each 114 grams), which is said to reduce your heart disease risk by 14 per cent.
The diet also includes a daily total of 400 grams of fruit and vegetables, also proven to cut blood pressure, and 68 grams of almonds to cut cholesterol.
You also have to consume 2.7 grams of garlic per day to reduce your cholesterol levels.
In a paper published in the British Medical Journal, scientists claim that if all these foods are combined in a diet they will lower the risk of heart disease by 78 per cent.
The research shows men who stuck to this diet would gain an extra six years of life and have an extra nine years free from heart disease.
Women would gain an extra 4.8 years of life and have an extra eight years without heart disease.
The proponents, including Anna Peeters from Monash University, claim the only adverse effects from the diet would be body odour from the garlic and raised mercury levels if more than the recommended amount of fish was eaten each week.
But they don't calculate whether it will help you lose weight.
And they warn that extra alcohol above that prescribed by the diet could reduce the effectiveness of the diet.
They say you can add extra ingredients to the diet to boost its effectiveness, including olive oil, soy beans, tomatoes, oat bran, cereals, nuts, tea and chickpeas.
Now does that mean one has to drink the wine before markets open to stay calm?


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