Researchers Find No Benefits to Calorie Restriction in Rhesus Monkeys
Findings of 23-year study contradict earlier studies that suggest benefits.
October 5, 2012 (Newswire.com) - Scientists at the National Institute on Aging recently found that calorie restriction-a diet composed of approximately 30 percent fewer calories but with the same nutrients of a standard diet-does not extend years of life or reduce age-related deaths in a 23-year study of rhesus monkeys. The finding contradicts earlier studies that suggested a benefit in yeast, flies, worms and some strains of mice.
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"The ideal diet is naturally nutrient-dense and feeds our bodies on the cellular level," adds Dian. "When our bodies are getting all the needed nutrients, there is an automatic tendency to eat less than when critical nutrients are absent. The whole process of digestion and processing the food we eat requires quite a bit of energy. Except for short periods, which are useful for rapid fat loss and detoxification, calorie restriction is unnecessary and most likely counterproductive to our health and longevity goals. If you focus on eating the most nutrient-dense foods available, you will find it difficult to overeat and will end up with the best and most natural form of calorie restriction. Feeding your body the good stuff it needs and avoiding the bad things is a simple common sense approach that is guaranteed to work without the need for more animal studies."
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