Mediterranean diet may decrease pain due to obesity

Eating a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats could decrease the chances an overweight person will experience regular pain, new research suggests.

A well-established connection between body weight and chronic pain might be explained by inflammation in the body, and the study points to anti-inflammatory foods including fish, nuts and beans as a key to preventing or reducing that pain, said lead researcher Charles Emery, a professor at The Ohio State University in the US.

“We found that a healthy diet explained the link between weight and pain and specifically that seafood and plant proteins such as peas and nuts and beans were key,” said Emery.

“It appears to be telling us that it is not just the quantity of the food you eat that plays a role in pain for heavier individuals, but the quality of food as well,” said Emery. The researchers developed a model to help them determine whether components of an anti-inflammatory diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, played a role in the likelihood a person’s weight would contribute to pain.

source: Indian Express