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More proteins, less pain

Mediterranean diet may decrease pain associated with obesity

Researchers already know there is a connection between being overweight and experiencing chronic pain — and new findings from Ohio State suggest that the foods people choose could help.

Charles Emery, a researcher at Ohio State’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, led a study examining the effects of an anti-inflammatory diet on overweight individuals.

“We found that a healthful diet explained the link between weight and pain,” he said.

Click through the gallery below to learn about the research team’s findings. 

nuts
Emery and the research team developed a model to help them determine whether components of an anti-inflammatory diet could affect pain. Their study showed that those who eat more plant-based proteins, such as these nuts, are less likely to suffer from chronic pain.
fish
The research team also found a clear pattern: Eating more fish and plant-based proteins was linked with less pain, regardless of body weight.
peas
In addition to nuts and fish, an anti-inflammatory diet can be rounded out with beans, peas, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthful fats.
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Overall, it’s not about how much food you’re eating, but the quality of what you’re eating.