Mediterranean diet is recipe for long life
This is exactly the kind of study I love to hear about: veggies, fish, olive oil and wine are some of the key ingredients to healthy living. While the Mediterranean diet has long been examined for its beneficial nutritional properties, this is the first time a study has looked as the diet as a whole rather than isolating particular food groups.
The extensive research project spanned across 12 nations (6 of which were Mediterranean), monitoring 1,574,299 participants over 3-18 year intervals.
Greater adherence to the diet was associated with a 9% lower overall mortality, a 9% lower cardiovascular mortality, a 6% lower incidence of or mortality from cancer, and a 13% lower incidence of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, Francesco Sofi, M.D., of the University of Florence, and colleagues reported online in the British Medical Journal.
The Mediterranean diet, widely reported to be a model of healthy eating, is rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, cereals, fish, nuts, olive oil, and a moderate intake of red wine during meals, but is low in red meat, dairy products, and alcohol.
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