Foods

A selection of study findings on foods in the Seven Countries Study.

Nutrient intake and depressive symptoms

The results suggest that in contrast to the intake of B-vitamins, a high intake of the fish fatty acids EPA-DHA was associated with a low risk of depressive symptoms.

Nutrient intake and depressive symptoms

Fish, omega-3 fatty acids and cognitive decline

An analysis of the 1990 fish consumption data and the data on cognitive function collected showed that fish consumers had significantly less cognitive decline than non-consumers.

Fish, omega-3 fatty acids and cognitive decline

Chocolate and cardiovascular disease

Already in the 18th century chocolate was believed to strengthen the heart, but this benefit was not based on scientific evidence.

Chocolate and cardiovascular disease

Tea and cardiovascular disease

The Seven Countries Study did two analyses that suggest that black tea consumption is inversely related to cardiovascular diseases.

Tea and cardiovascular disease

Wine and cardiovascular disease

The results suggest that low intake of wine may indeed protect against cardiovascular diseases.

Wine and cardiovascular disease

Trans fat and coronary heart disease

The decrease in trans fat intake during the following period has been the most important change in the Dutch diet.

Trans fat and coronary heart disease

Alcohol and cardiovascular disease

Moderate alcohol intake was, compared to no alcohol, associated with a 30% lower mortality from cardiovascular mortality.

Alcohol and cardiovascular disease