Health and nutrition scientists seem to never stop their search for new ways on how to improve the health of people. And thanks to their efforts, 2016 has been a year of amazing health discoveries, which can be beneficial for all of us. Here are some nutrition findings that took place this year.
There has been a study at the University of Barcelona, Spain, which suggests that consuming the correct type of fat can actually keep your weight at a healthy level. The research involved about 7,400 individuals, all with diabetes type II, who were sorted out into three groups. The first group consumed a diet with olive oil, another group ate a meal with a lot of nuts, and the final group was on a low-fat diet. Wondering about the results? Individuals who consumed the meal with olive oil have lost most weight. So, eating the good fat can actually make you slimmer.
This doesn't mean that you should completely take out carbs from your diet. On the other side, a study has found that meals with high glycemic index or a carbohydrate-filled diet can make blood sugar levels high enough to increase the risks of lung cancer, even if you are not a smoker. So, to make a lighter note on this, you can opt for healthier options such as starchy vegetables, whole grains and pulses instead.
Health enthusiasts have been choosing honey over refined sugar because of the belief that this sweet sticky substance is not even close as harmful as sugar. However, a research that was published in The Journal of Nutrition proved that honey reflects the same effect as that of the cane sugar and corn syrup. These are responsible in increasing blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. So, it is advised to consume honey in proper moderation just like any other sweet.
It has been a popular notion that we should drink at least 8 glasses of water every single day in order for the body to stay hydrated. Yet, a research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences located in the US proved that it is not really necessary to adhere to that number. The amount of water our body needs depends on the activities of the body as well as the shifting factors. So, it is advisable to just consume water when the body is thirsty instead of taking down lots of fluids in a day.