Here is a new study that suggests that "healthy eating may help reduce a woman's risk of physical disability as she grows older."
"The goal," according to senior study author Francine Grodstein, from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, "was to look at diet patterns and try to learn how our overall diet impacts our physical function as we get older."
"Grodstein and her colleagues analyzed data from almost 55,000 women in the national Nurses' Health Study who had their physical function assessed every four years from 1992 to 2008. The participants had also completed questionnaires about their eating habits."
"Those who ate healthier diets were less likely to develop mobility problems than those with less healthy diets. The researchers also found that high consumption of vegetables and fruits, moderate alcohol intake, and low consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, trans fats and salt were each associated with a reduced risk of physical impairment."
"Although the study wasn't designed to show cause and effect, specific foods most strongly linked with a lower risk of physical disability included oranges, orange juice, apples, pears, romaine or leaf lettuce, and walnuts."
So how does your current nutrition plan compare?
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