Adherence to a diet that contains high levels of foods recommended in dietary guidelines is associated with lower death rates in women, according to a new study presented in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, reviewed data on 42,254 women over a six-year period. The researchers developed a recommended food score (RFS), which was based on the consumption each week of recommended foods such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and lean meats and poultry. Women in had the highest score for eating foods recommended by the dietary guidelines had at least a 30% lower risk of dying from all types of cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke. More reason to dust off that good old food guide!
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