The Mediterranean Diet
The New England Journal of Medicine has published in its Feb 25, 2013 issue, a study confirming the health benefits of eating real food, over the low fat diet most Americans try to eat.
Focus on eating olive oil, fish, nuts, fruit, vegetables, and poultry. Those on the Mediterranean diet, eating either extra-virgin olive oil or nuts, resulted in a risk reduction of three major cardiovascular risk events by 30%. Small differences were also seen for fish and legumes, but not for other food groups. The study results “support the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.”
For those of you over 21, without any risk factors for addictions and who are able to take it or leave it, the addition of a small glass of red wine a day (NO MORE) was acceptable and may provide some health benefits. Those on the Mediterranean diet were discouraged from drinking pop which may have had a huge health benefit from the reduction of aspartame ingested by those on the low fat diet. Alcohol (in moderation) has also been shown to be protective when it comes to methanol (from aspartame, cigarettes, and canned plant-based foods – see www.whilesciencesleeps.com.