Does a healthy diet help heart patients? To find out, researchers from Wageningen monitored several thousand heart patients after dividing them over two groups on the basis of their eating habits.
The first group had a healthy eating pattern, whereas patients from the second group consumed more sugar, unhealthy fats and salt. Both groups received optimal medical care. The researchers found that the mortality risk for ‘healthy eaters’ during 6,5 years was 30 percent lower. That means that next to good treatment, a healthy diet contributed to the chance of a longer lifespan. This is how Wageningen UR works to uphold quality of life.