Stay healthy with the right foods, even if you can't lose weight

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Choosing nutrient dense food could keep some people healthy

Results of a new study suggest weight loss and exercise may not be the only way to get healthy. Correcting vitamin and mineral deficiencies by eating the right foods might be enough for some people struggling with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other signs of metabolic syndrome.

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The finding, published in the FASEB Journal, suggests simply eating nutritious foods could be enough to prevent health problems, even if you are overweight.

Simple nutrients promote better health

In three separate trials Bruce Ames, Ph.D., a senior scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, director of their Nutrition and Metabolism Center and his team found adults who ate two nutrient bars a day for two month were able to improve their cholesterol, insulin and glucose readings without making any other changes.

The finding, according to Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, "...shows that what you eat is as important, if not more, than how much you eat and how many calories you burn in the gym."

Some study participants even lost weight.

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How it works

Ames explains in a press release it's all about nutrition. If your diet is deficient in certain nutrients it leads to inflammation that causes metabolic syndrome: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes. The aforementioned conditions, separately or individually, increase our chances of major health problems.

The study show that even if you are overweight it's possible to improve your health by making sure you are not deficient in vitamins and mnerals.

Putting it together

Eating nutritionally packed foods is especially important with aging. As we get older, our risk of chronic and serious illness increases. Eating a variety of foods with vitamins and minerals is important at any age.

See: 7 anti-inflammatory foods you should be eating

Studies have consistently linked eating a poor diet with inflammation and disease Some foods harm, and others heal. The old adage that food is medicine can be taken seriously. The new research suggests even if you are struggling with being overweight, you can improve your health by correcting nutritional deficiencies in the body.

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