Butter and chocolate are sending us to an early grave
THEY are the food favourites found in fridges and cupboards all over Britain.
But white bread, butter, jam, fruit juice and chocolate are sending us to an early grave.
Experts have identified the staples that make the ‘British diet’ so deadly. They also include sugar sweetened drinks and table sugar. The researchers from the University of Oxford warn such products are high in calories, fat and sugar and low in fibre and fuel heart disease. They analysed data on 116,806 individuals in the UK who recorded what they ate for a few days and were tracked for an average of 4.9 years.
During this time, 4,245 developed cardiovascular disease and had heart attacks or strokes, of which 838 were fatal. Two distinct dietary patterns featuring fatty and sugary favourites and which appeared to be linked to a higher risk of heart disease and death emerged from the food diaries.
Those whose diets were most closely aligned to one of these patterns were up to 40 per cent more at risk, according to the study published in the journal BMC
Medicine. Dr Carmen Piernas, who worked on the study, said: ‘The most common dietary guidelines are based on the nutrients found in foods rather than foods themselves and this can be confusing for the public.
‘Our findings help identify specific foods and beverages that are commonly eaten in Britain and that may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.’