Biggest News to Date for Mediterranean Diet
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 12, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finding the strongest evidence to date that the Mediterranean diet can prevent serious cardiac events.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/biggest-news-to-date-for-mediterranean-diet) notes, the new study comes from Spain, where 7,500 residents were tracked for five years. The ultimate finding: those who follow the Mediterranean diet, compared to a low-fat diet, had a 30% lower risk of suffering a stroke, a heart attack, or any fatal heart event.
As the article “Biggest News to Date for Mediterranean Diet” reports, this is the best evidence so far, as it was a long and highly scientific study that honed right in on the Mediterranean diet. Many other studies on the subject just studied huge populations to identify any potential health trends. In this study, however, people were actually assigned to follow specific diets for a long period of time. Thus, these results are more accurate.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article explains that the Mediterranean diet focuses on vegetables, fish, fruit, legumes, and olive oil, with a splash of wine. It does not consist of much red meat, processed foods, or baked goods. The study broke into three groups. One followed the Mediterranean diet with one liter of olive oil a week; one followed the Mediterranean diet with 30 grams a day of walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds; and one followed a low-fat diet overall.
As the article reports, participants who followed either of the Mediterranean diets showed a significantly reduced risk of many serious heart problems. This might be because even when losing weight, the heart prefers healthy fats from places like fish and olive oil, rather than just eating low-fat foods.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes, the key here is unsaturated fats, poly- or mono-, which literally shield the heart from health problems.
(SOURCE: Estruch, R., et al., “Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet,” New England Journal of Medicine; published online February 25, 2013.)
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