Local foods might reduce fat, blood pressure, and diabetes risk. A recent study suggests that eating local foods could reduce the risk of abdominal fat, blood pressure, and diabetes.
The food we eat has a direct association with our overall health. The prevalence of both type 2 diabetes and obesity continues to increase in the United States. The factor responsible for this continuous growth is the dietary habits of people in America.
The perfect dietary intervention includes food that will boost well-being, cure all ills, and increase lifespan. Popular diet options include the Mediterranean, no-carb, Atkins, intermittent fasting, low carb, and ketogenic.
The new study, which features in the journal Diabetes & Metabolism, wanted to see whether making small changes to diet habits might make any beneficial difference to our health.
Researchers looked at the effect of eating locally produced food. The team asked the participants to source foods locally including cheese, sausage, biscuits, pasta, chocolate, and pastries. After the 6-month study period, the researchers measured the participants’ height, weight, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure.
The investigators found that people who consumed the local food had lower levels of visceral fat, improved depression scores, and reduced systolic blood pressure compared to those with baseline measurements.
“If just 6 months of choosing additive free versions of a handful of items can improve metabolic factors that relate to disease risk, this line of investigation is worth following up,” the researchers said.