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The Mediterranean Diet Gets a Ringing New Endorsement

Mar. 7, 2013|157 views
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Did you hear the latest news regarding the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? This is the most-studied diet on the planet. It features plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, fresh herbs, whole grains, and even wine and some lean meat. And nuts. Lots of nuts. I talk about this healthy European diet in my book, True Nutrition, and I’m pleased to report that the latest news confirms and emphasizes everything I’ve been saying all along: This is a remarkably healthful diet/lifestyle! And Americans would do well to embrace it.

 

The large new long-term study made headlines around the country last week after appearing in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. The New York Times featured a headline trumpeting the fact that the diet can prevent heart attack and stroke among people who are at high risk for those potentially deadly events. While this is certainly not the first time the diet has made headlines, it’s definitely one of the more memorable instances.

 

Scientists and other experts seemed taken aback by the sheer profundity of the new findings. Essentially, the study concluded that about 30% of all heart attacks and strokes could be prevented by switching to this time-honored diet. No drugs or surgery required. I can’t say the results surprised me—after all, I’ve been preaching about the impact of diet and nutrition on health for years—but it is exciting to know that this message is making headlines again. Tomorrow I’ll talk more about this exciting new research and its implications for all of us.

 

Estruch R, Ros E, Salas-Salvadó J, Covas MI, D Pharm, Corella D, et al. Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet. N Engl J Med. Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Tags:  mediterranean diet, healthy fats, chronic illness, body image
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