Mediterranean diet proven to reduce risk of heart disease
BARCELONA, SPAIN – Want to live longer? Then go ‘Greek.’ At least so says a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
‘Greek’ means a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts and wine.
The study was conducted in Spain and involved more than 7,000 people between 55 and 80-years-old. All participants had diabetes, or three other issues like: high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, obesity or a family history of heart disease.
Scientist split the volunteers into three groups:
Group A ate a Mediterranean Diet plus 4 cups of Extra Virgin Olive Oil a week.
Group B ate a Mediterranean Diet also but would add one ounce of nuts each day.
Group C ate a Low-Fat diet… no nuts or Olive Oil.
After 5 years the results were so shocking the study was ended, without need for further research.
The conclusion: Eating a Mediterranean Diet cut the risk of heart disease death, heart attacks and strokes by 30%; that’s 5% better than the best drugs available- like statins.
Whether you believe this study or not; it’s all food for thought.