Daily consumption of food stuffs such as dark chocolate, &to=http://http://english.pravda.ru/fun/2002/08/28/35493.html' target=_blank>garlic , wine and fish can dramatically increase life-expectancy and cut the risk of &to=http://http://english.pravda.ru/society/2003/03/29/45275.html' target=_blank>heart
disease by up to 76 per cent.
Eaten in the right combination - to make what scientists have labelled a "polymeal" - several popular food types have been given the medical seal of approval for lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure and reducing heart disease, according The Scotsman.
The diet comprising wine, fish, dark chocolate, fruit, vegetables, almonds and garlic, would also increase life expectancy by more than six years in men and five years in women. The seven foods were picked for their benefits on cardiovascular disease, and although olive oil was known to be good for the heart, not enough solid data was available to include it, British Medical Journal said.
But the inclusion of &to=http://http://english.pravda.ru/society/2002/01/29/26054.html' target=_blank>wine and chocolate was good news, especially in the lead-up to Christmas. "It's been known for a long time that they are both beneficial for cardiovascular disease, they have antioxidant properties," Dr Peeters said.
However, it was not open slather on the ingredients: the recommended daily intake was 150ml for wine and 100g for dark chocolate. Apart from running the risk of boring the palate, eating a diet of only seven ingredients required further study. "We're not advocating that people should take this particular set of ingredients for the rest of their lives. It was more a paper to illustrate that using a dietary combination, you could get effects similar to pharmaceutical combinations," Dr Peeters informs.
"It's really just to show that a healthy diet potentially can have the same effects as a polypill."