November 27, 2013 / Kristy Huffman,RN
A recent study soon being published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that women who closely followed a Mediterranean diet were more likely to live past age 70 without heart disease, diabetes or other chronic diseases.
Although the Mediterranean diet has been criticized as another fad diet, the diet got its name, as it describes a cuisine common to countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Cecilia Samieri, the lead researcher, states that, "The Mediterranean diet is characterized by greater intake of [fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains] and fish; lower intake of red and processed meats; moderate intake of alcohol; higher amounts of [monounsaturated fats, mostly provided by olive oil from Mediterranean countries]; and lower amounts of [saturated fats].”
The study was observed in women; however, Samieri has reason to believe that the benefit would be for both genders.
It’s challenging to compare one type of diet or traditional eating style from one group of people to the next. However, the take away is that we know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats promotes good health. The goal is to make healthy eating habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle. To read the full article, click here.