Seeing the forest for the trees is a fantastic skill for navigating life’s adventures — and for eating well. Rather than obsessing about particular nutrients or food groups, think big picture. New research shows that your eating patterns may affect your risk of rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating autoimmune condition that affects about 1.5 million American adults. Though previous research focusing on specific nutrients did not show a connection, a new study comparing women who ate the standard American diet (high in meat, stripped carbohydrates and sugar, deep-fried foods, and processed items) with women who ate more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fish and poultry in place of red meats, found a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis in the latter group. For prevention of many chronic illnesses, including RA, we recommend a Mediterranean-style diet, with its abundant vegetables and whole grains, nutritious fats from salmon, ocean trout and olive oil, and lack of stripped carbs and processed foods. Research shows that more than one serving of DHA-omega-3-rich salmon or ocean trout a week is protective against RA, and that combining olive oil with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may be especially helpful for arthritis pain. Now when are researchers going to suggest you book tickets to dine along the Mediterranean Sea itself for the most health benefits!?!
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