The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been busy highlighting the issue of Type II Diabetes for World Health Day. Currently affecting 4 million people in the UK alone, Type II Diabetes is strongly linked to poor diet and obesity.
Whilst the condition can easily be prevented through a healthy lifestyle, new cases are being diagnosed at a staggering rate of 200,000 a year.
So the World Health Organisation took a look at diets from around the globe to see who’s doing it well in the fight against the killer condition…
Studies have shown that the Med diet, rich in good fats, olive oils and fresh produce, helps to reduce chronic conditions including heart disease, stroke, type II Diabetes and dementia.
Researchers found that those who closely followed the food guide had a 15 per cent lower mortality rate, and were less likely to develop conditions linked to poor blood flow.
Plenty of vegetables, very little fats and naturally filling rice keeping the Japanese trim, healthy and living a longer life than many other countries in the world.
The Nordic diet is high in fibre, low in sugar and packed with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Particularly in Sweden, Norway and Finland, they enjoy rye bread, oily fish, root vegetables, and fermented milk and cheese. Similar to the Mediterranean diet, the Nordic way of life has also been known to reduce inflammation and the issues linked to chronic conditions.
The West African diet rivals the Japanese when it comes to healthy eats.
Rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and fish, this diet is one of the freshest in the world.
Favourites include Jollof rice, groundnut stew, dried and smoked fish, and yams. Less processed junk… more natural foods from the Earth.
The French love their food. And they certainly know how to cook it! So, it’s a surprise to many that a diet rich in high fat gooey cheeses and crusty breads leaves them with such low obesity rates. How do they do it?
Everything in moderation!
They love their croissants, pain au chocolats, chocolately crepes and cheeses, but they do so in small quantities. French portion sized are generally much lower than the UK, and significantly lower than the US.
Scientists studying the effects of high quality food found that if we eat foods rich in quality and flavour, we’re less likely to feel deprived and therefore feel the need to overeat.
So, what’s they key a world class healthy diet? Freshness, variety, natural goodness and a less is more approach. With Diabetes affecting millions across the globe, it’s time we tackled the issue where it often begins… you are what you eat!