Study Supports OurPlate!

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By Mark Lundegren

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and picked up in the health and popular press this week, casts added doubt on several popular diet programs.

It also provides further support for HumanaNatura’s Natural Eating recommendations and OurPlate healthy meal guidelines. We would encourage you to learn more about the study’s important findings, which are consistent with other emerging dietary research and have important natural health implications.

Example of HumanaNatura’s OurPlate Approach In Action

In the new study, members of a small group who had previously undergone significant weight loss were placed in random order on each of three 30-day eating plans – 1) a “low-fat” plan comparable to diets widely advocated by a variety of medical organizations and health policy institutes, 2) a “low-carbohydrate” plan comparable to the Atkins Diet, and 3) a “low-glycemic” plan rich in fruits and vegetables and with moderate but healthy fat and protein levels, comparable to the Mediterranean Diet. Although the HumanaNatura approach omits grains and legumes – replacing them with additional vegetables, lean proteins, and fruit – it is similar to the Mediterranean approach in important ways.

The researchers found that the “low-glycemic” approach was superior overall. This diet produced adequate metabolic (calorie-burning) activity to maintain a healthy body weight, was the most enjoyable and easiest of the three diets to maintain, and produced the best blood chemistry profile. Although people on the “low-carbohydrate” diet had a higher metabolic rate, this diet produced a much less favorable blood chemistry, including elevated signs of physiological stress and markers for both diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The links above will take you to more information on the study and its conclusions. Notably, the study size is small, so we can and should expect other research in this direction before the findings can be considered fully validated. In the meantime, however, we would encourage you to consider the health-critical idea that the “low-glycemic” plan in the study most closely resembles the foraging diet of humans as we lived and evolved for millions of years in nature – a diet that included both hunting and gathering, and thus normally involved neither high nor low amounts of calories from proteins and fats.

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple healthy eating guide and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.


Mark Lundegren
 is the founder of HumanaNatura.

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