A new study published in the Journal of Food Science shows that eating less food can help you feel better.
The study involved more than 5,000 participants from around the world, who all consumed about 2,400 meals a day, the most common of which was a plate of chicken and rice.
The participants also had their blood pressure and cholesterol measured daily, and they were asked about how much they ate and how they felt about eating.
Researchers found that people who ate less were happier and less anxious than those who ate more.
People who ate a little more were more likely to say that eating was the best thing to do for them, and less likely to be concerned about how they were feeling.
These factors are related to a reduction in blood pressure, the researchers found.
And the researchers believe that eating more vegetables, whole grains, nuts and other foods that can reduce inflammation can also help reduce blood pressure.
“If you have more vegetables and fruit and less processed food, you can have a healthy diet and feel good and be less anxious,” said Dr. Andrew Sainsbury, one of the study’s authors.
Sainsbury is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa Health Science Center.
He said he thinks the findings of the new study will help people understand how foods influence blood pressure in a way that can help people avoid problems such as heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.
The researchers found that eating fewer vegetables and fruits was also linked to lower levels of inflammation, a condition that leads to heart disease and diabetes, and better blood flow to the heart.
“People who eat fewer vegetables are also less likely, on average, to have elevated levels of inflammatory markers in the blood,” said Sainsburys research team leader Dr. Matthew Trewhella, also a professor of medicine and director of the Iowa Health Sciences Center.
These inflammatory markers can have the same effect as an elevation in blood sugar, which increases the risk of heart disease.
The team used a new tool that analyzes the composition of foods to see how they can affect blood pressure — called a biomarker — and also looked at how these foods affect how people felt about food.
“It’s a little bit of a puzzle,” Sainsborough said.
“We know that eating a lot of processed foods, for example, can be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, so what does that mean for the type of food that we eat?”
And what does this mean for a person who is eating a balanced diet?
“Sainsburies team is currently investigating whether the results of the food survey might be useful for other populations.
Sinsbury said he hopes to continue working on ways to better understand the connection between diet and blood pressure so that people can make better decisions for their health.”
What we want to do is understand what’s the role of these food factors, what are the pathways they can take, and then maybe get them to change,” he said.
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