We could cut 30 percent of all heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease – if we would all start eating like the Greeks, Italians and Spaniards.
I’m talking about a Mediterranean Diet.
The results of the first large-scale study of the Mediterranean diet were just published in the New England Journal Of Medicine – and they were astounding. In fact, the study ended EARLY – because the results were so obvious!
And it boils down to this – we can reduce our risk of cardiac death by eating more olive oil, nuts, and beans - having at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, limiting red meat to two servings a month, and eating fish 3 times a week. But we can still enjoy a glass of wine with dinner – in fact, it’s recommended.
In the study – researchers followed two groups - One on the eating plan I just outlined – and the other went low-fat. So they cut down on oil, dairy and fat. But the low fat diet didn’t work! Because we need healthy fats in our diet, from nuts, avocado and olive oil. Those healthy fats not only help us absorb more nutrients from the foods we eat – they also raise levels of good cholesterol and make our arteries less prone to ruptures and blockages.
Another plus: People on the Mediterranean diet were more satisfied with their eating plan. They also were much less likely to cheat - and had an easier time resisting processed foods and sweets.
Here’s another shocking thing about this study – the people who participated all had some type of issue that made them prone to heart disease. They were all either smokers, overweight, or had diabetes. And despite all those issues, they all improved their heart health.
If you want to get on a Mediterranean Diet – try this book: The Mayo Clinic Diet. It’s based on a Mediterranean diet and has recipes.