A Mediterranean diet has always been known as “heart-healthy,” but now it’s a proven, scientific fact! Drizzling olive oil over your meal is okay, as long as the meal is prominently fish and vegetables. “Mediterranean meant lots of fruit, fish, chicken, beans, tomato sauce, salads, and wine and little baked goods and pastries.” That sounds good to me! A diet to stick to.
The study was conducted over five years on people ages 55-80. Over half of them were women, and while they were all at risk for heart disease (overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure), they were all disease-free. Their current medication was not altered.
There were three groups of participants. Two of the groups followed a Mediterranean diet: 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and a fistful of nuts a day. The third group followed a low-fat diet: heavy on starches (potatoes, pasta, rice), fruit, vegetables, and fish.
The doctors followed “a composite of heart attacks, strokes, or heart-related deaths…stroke was the only problem where type of diet made a big difference.” Favor definitely fell along the Mediterranean diet, resulting in fewer of the aforementioned ailments even though the diet consisted of about 200 more calories a day.
To read more about the study, you can find the full article here.