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11/12/08

A VIDEO AND A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SAYS EATING THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET KEEPS PEOPLE HEALTHIER AND HELPS THEM LIVE LONGER

A VIDEO AND A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SAYS EATING THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET KEEPS PEOPLE HEALTHIER AND HELPS THEM LIVE LONGER


A new meta analysis study, which is a kind of super statistical analysis of other studies, of the Mediterranean diet has been published. I have written a lot here in Purple Medical Blog about the Mediterranean diet. People who lived in countries around the rim of the Mediterranean Sea consume (or at least they used to before they switched to fast food) certain foods such as olive oil that seemed to keep them healthier and live longer. The Mediterranean diet is low in saturated fat. However, it views two types of fat, omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats as healthy and places no restrictions on their consumption. The Mediterranean diet does not regard all fat as bad. In fact, the focus of the Mediterranean diet is not to limit total fat consumption, but rather to make wise choices about the type of fat in the diet.

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A new meta analysis study, which is a kind of super statistical analysis of other studies, of the Mediterranean diet has been published. The authors of the meta-analysis conclude that their analysis "shows that adherence to a Mediterranean diet can significantly decrease the risk of overall mortality, mortality from cardiovascular diseases, incidence of or mortality from cancer, and incidence of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease". That study is called Adherence to Mediterranean diet and health status: meta-analysis.



The Mediterranean diet is low in saturated fat. However, it views two types of fat, omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats as healthy and places no restrictions on their consumption. The omega-3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish (e.g, salmon, trout, sardines, tuna) and in some plant sources (e.g, walnuts and other tree nuts, flaxseed, various vegetables). Monounsaturated fat is abundant in olive oil, nuts, and avocados. Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and fish instead of meat, not to mention olive oil rather than saturated fats.

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