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Cystic Fibrosis Patients Living 10 Years Longer in Canada Than US

Researchers looking in to why cystic fibrosis patients in Canada live longer than their counterparts in the U.S. have determined that diet, health insurance and access to lung transplants make the difference, CBC Canada reports. Interestingly, a high-fat diet of cheeses, fish and nuts appears to have had a significant influence on Canada’s survival rates.

One of the most exciting revelations I’ve had in the past few years is learning the importance of consuming quality fats as part of your everyday diet. It’s a diet that literally sets the USDA’s food pyramid on its head. For optimal health, you need sufficient amounts of carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

This means making 75 to 85 percent of your total daily calories as healthy fat; 8 to 15 percent as carbs, with twice as many fiber carbs as non-fiber (net) carbs; and 7 to 10 percent of your calories as protein (high-quality grass-fed or pastured meats and animal products).

If you’re trying to lose weight, a fat-for-fuel diet like this will help: Research shows that high-fat diets are superior for weight loss; calorie counting doesn’t work; exercise alone cannot combat obesity; saturated fat does not cause heart disease and meal frequency influences weight.

The healthiest fats include olives and olive oil, raw nuts such as macadamia and pecans, grass-fed meats, butter and dairy, raw cacao butter, coconuts and coconut oil, seeds like cumin and pumpkin, lard and tallow, organic-pastured eggs, avocados, ghee and animal-based omega-3s such as krill, sardines and anchovies.
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