Diet quality which reflects high intakes of whole grains, polyunsaturated fatty acids, nuts, and omega-3 fats, and low intake of processed meats, refined grains, and sugary beverages is associated with reduced risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in men and women.

Researchers analyzed data from over 120,000 individuals from the Nurses Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and found that those with the highest quality diet (based on the Alternate Healthy Eating Index score) had a one-third lower risk of developing COPD than those who ate the least healthy diet.

Source: Environmental Nutrition newsletter 2018  The BMJ

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