The Courier-Mail

Eat better, live longer, ’nuff said

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NOT all calories are created equal according to experts who want people to stop counting them and focus on the nutritiona­l value of food.

US and UK scientists have outlined in an article to be published in the Open Heart journal today, that boosting intake of olive oil, nuts and omega 3 fatty acids – found in fish – reduced chances, within months of starting such a regime, of death from a variety of diseases and heart problems.

They said daily consumptio­n of a soft drink containing 150 calories significan­tly increased the risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas daily consumptio­n of a handful of nuts or four tablespoon­s of extra virgin olive oil, which has about 500 calories, reduced risks of heart attack and stroke.

Queensland Heart Foundation health director Rachelle Foreman advised against counting calories, saying eating healthier was better.

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