Eating healthy fruit and snack foods is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, according to the latest research.
But the research shows that snack bars are not only beneficial to your health, but also can help boost your energy levels.
A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who consumed more than one serving of fruit and vegetable snacks per day had a 35 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome.
Healthy snacks are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that have been shown to help to lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels.
However, fruit and nut snacks have been found to be more healthy than vegetable-based snacks.
A study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that those who consumed fruit and fruit juice daily had a 17 percent lower risk of pancreatic cancer compared to those who ate less than a cup of fruit a day.
Healthy snack bars, which are typically made from low-fat, high-sugar or protein-rich ingredients, also provide added protein to help balance your blood sugar levels.
These snacks also contain antioxidants and nutrients that help to protect against the harmful effects of toxins such as pesticides, greenhouse gases and climate change.
The research shows snack bars can help lower the risk of obesity and diabetes, and the consumption of these snacks can help with weight loss and help to keep your heart healthy.
“Our study found that consuming at least one serving a day of fruit snacks reduces the risk for metabolic syndrome and heart disease by 15 to 30 percent, but that consuming more than a serving a week may reduce the risk by as much as 40 percent,” said Dr. Michelle Lichtman, a professor of nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania.
“In addition, consuming fruit and/or fruit juice three or four times a week reduced the risk significantly compared to consuming more frequently,” Lichtmann continued.
Dr. Lichtamann’s study, which was published in a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved 1,600 adults who had metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions characterized by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance.
Those participants were asked to consume more than four servings of fruit, vegetables, or both a week, or eat no fruit, or not eat at all.
Participants were followed for the next six years and measured for weight, blood pressure (BP), cholesterol (C), triglycerides (TG), fasting glucose (TG/mL), waist circumference (WC), and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR).
Researchers also measured the participants’ blood pressure over the next year.
In a follow-up study, the participants were also asked to report their diet habits in a follow up survey.
The researchers found that fruit and salad intake did not correlate with the participants overall health.
Instead, they found that it was associated with the use of fruit juices and fruit bars.
Researchers also found that the consumption or consumption of at least two fruit and two fruit snacks daily was associated both with a lower risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes and a lower rate of metabolic problems.
The researchers believe that the association between fruit and juice consumption and metabolic syndrome is due to the increased intake of fruit during the summer months, and also because of the increased consumption of fruit juice in the summer.
“The fruit and apple industry has been pushing for a fruit-based diet, but the consumption and consumption of the fruit and its juice are linked together,” Dr. Lischman explained.
“These fruit juices have been associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetics, and there are several other potential health benefits.”
In a related study, published in Nutrition and Aging, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who consumed at least three servings of low-calorie fruit snacks per week had a 30 percent lower rate for type 1 diabetes compared to women who did not consume fruit snacks.
This study also found a connection between increased consumption and the reduction in blood pressure.
A study published earlier this year in the Journal on Clinical Nutrition revealed that those eating more than three servings a day were 10 percent less likely to have a heart attack.
Dr. Jodi H. Bouchard, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and preventive medicine at Harvard Medical School, said the study is interesting and important because it shows that there may be a relationship between fruit consumption and reduced risk of type 2 and type 1 diabetias.
“It’s important to remember that these findings were based on people with metabolic syndrome who were followed over time, but they may be more relevant to people who are already at high risk,” Bouchar said.
“I think it’s important for us to understand that this study was done before the popularity of fruits, so it’s not as simple as saying that people with these types of disorders need to be eating fruit.
People who are insulin resistant and metabolically healthy need to eat a healthy diet,” she continued.
“And people who have diabetes are also at risk