A soda and a half cup of beans
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
It doesn’t sound like a big plan for health. But researchers say that reducing sugar by the amount in one soda and increasing fiber intake daily by the amount in a half cup of beans can make a big difference in some people’s health.
The researchers at the University of Southern California conducted a nutrition education program with 54 overweight Latino teen-agers. The plan was to reduce sugar and increase fiber, to reduce the teens’ risk of diabetes, which is especially common in Hispanics.
USC’s Emily Ventura:
[Emily Ventura speaks] "We are pleased to show that these modest changes in dietary intake can be effective in the prevention of type 2 diabetes."
The study in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011