Posted by: 4pack | June 29, 2009

“Ideal Diet” Update: Components Of The Mediterranean Diet, Including Moderate Amounts Of Alcohol, Small Amounts Of Meat, And Plenty Of Vegetables And Olive Oil, Contribute To Longer Life Span Says Study

mediterraneandiet“…those participants who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol, small amounts of meat and meat products and lots of produce, legumes and olive oil tended to live longer…”

 

Hungry for the Rx for longevity? The perennially popular Mediterranean diet recommends filling your plate with vegetables, sipping a glass of wine and snacking on nuts. But a new study says not all the foods on this much touted plan get a four star rating.  

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Athens found that some of the foods it recommends may foster long life, while other choices are not as likely to be beneficial. The study appeared in the online edition of the British Medical Journal.

The researchers looked at the health of more then 23,000 Greek men and women, comparing how closely they adhered to the Mediterranean diet, reports ABC News. What they learned is that heavy consumption of fish and cereals, and avoiding dairy products, did not appear to make a huge difference in how long a life the participants lived.

On the other hand, those participants who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol, small amounts of meat and meat products and lots of produce, legumes and olive oil tended to live longer.

None of the people in the study, who the researchers followed for eight and one half years, had previously been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

The analysis “indicates that the dominant components of the Mediterranean diet score as a predictor of lower mortality are moderate consumption of (alcohol), low consumption of meat and meat products, and high consumption of vegetables, fruits and nuts, olive oil, and legumes,” the authors noted.

Nutrition experts feel that adhering to the Mediterranean diet still makes good sense

http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/health/2009/06/29/2009-06-29_some_elements_of_mediterranean_diet_more_effective_than_others_study_finds.html#ixzz0JrMyGcWt&D

Advertisements

Responses

  1. So does that mean, that we have to cut down on wine, meat and meat products?

    Top Fat Loss Secrets

    Follow me on twitter – Tonned Body


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: