Archive for February 2013

Heart Health and Mediterranean Diet

New gold standard study shows the benefits of Mediterranean diet i.e. diet high in vegetables, beans and other legumes, fruits, and fish, and a good helping of olive oil. This diet restricts the intake of biscuits and other bakery treats, spreads like butter, and processed and red meats, but, it allows moderate amounts of wine in true Mediterranean style, red being the better option out of the two.

The study shows how the patients who ate a “Mediterranean” diet rich in nuts or extra virgin olive oil as well as vegetables and wine had 30% fewer heart attacks, strokes, or deaths from cardiovascular disease than those that ate a diet that simply lowered their intake of dietary fat. This is very encouraging study giving us hope that with right dietary changes we may be able to reduce the ever increasing population relying on statins.

Read a more detailed summary of the study on Forbes pages.