Mediterranean Diet Prevents Disease
Want to live longer? Consider adopting a Mediterranean diet, which replaces butter with olive oil and other “good” fats and emphasizes fruits, vegetables, legumes, unprocessed grains, fish, moderate amounts of red wine and dairy, and little or no red meat. Among 44 studies, researchers found that a Mediterranean-style diet appeared to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart-related deaths by 29 percent. The diet also reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 30 percent, breast cancer by 57 percent, and overall cancer death by 14 percent. (The benefit is greatest when heart disease hasn’t yet set in, research shows.) Researchers suspect that this way of eating may lower bad cholesterol, blood pressure, and damaging inflammation in the body.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, published online July 18, 2016