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You're Only One Meal Away From Good or Bad Health

Posted Oct 16 2008 7:58pm

We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat." But new research is finding that you are what you ate at your last meal--for better or for worse.

One greasy cheeseburger with fries for lunch can set off a chain reaction in your body that leads to immediate negative effects, including inflammation of blood vessels, production of damaging free radicals and possible rise in blood pressure. The new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that any high-fat, high-sugar meal resulted in damaging the body.

However, the research also found that just one healthy meal from unprocessed whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, grains and nuts, helped repair the damage from the previous meal.

Bottom line: Your only one meal away from better health.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Photo Credit: Christian Razukas

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