February 25, 2013 |
In a head-to-head contest, a Mediterranean diet, even drenched in olive oil and studded with nuts, beat a low-fat diet, hands-down, in preventing stroke and heart attack in healthy older subjects at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The latest smack-down in the diet wars appears to deal a knock-out blow to the notion that high-fat olive oil and tree nuts - walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts - are a no-no for those wishing to improve their health. On the contrary, Spanish researchers concluded that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil and nuts "were probably responsible for most of the observed benefits" attained by those in the two groups following a Mediterranean diet.
February 26, 2013 |
It sounds like a happy hour dream: Now, scientists say, you can have your wine and eat the nuts that go with it, and be healthier in the bargain. A rigorous new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine should finally put to rest any doubts about whether a Mediterranean diet -- rich in olive oil or nuts as well as fish, with a glass of wine per day also allowed -- promotes better cardiovascular health than the way most of us eat. It does. That might not be surprising, but up to now, advice on the Mediterranean diet has been based on correlation: People in Mediterranean areas that tend to follow that way of eating experienced lower incidence of stroke and other cardiovascular problems.
October 6, 2010
Was there ever a time when we didn't have a bottle of olive oil in the kitchen? The traditional Mediterranean diet was introduced to Americans about 17 years ago after it officially was endorsed by the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization. With an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains as well as more fish and less red meat, the diet continues to be the darling of doctors and nutritionists. If you aren't familiar with the details of this food plan, MayoClinic.
June 26, 2003 |
A study of more than 22,000 Greeks provided further evidence Wednesday that a Mediterranean diet rich in cheese, nuts and olive oil can protect against heart disease and cancer. The study found that people who ate a Mediterranean diet had a 33% lower risk of death from heart disease and a 24% lower cancer death rate compared to volunteers who ate other foods. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, unrefined cereals, olive oil, cheese and yogurt are eaten most days, as is fish.
July 27, 1995 |
The media have proclaimed far and wide . . . the advantages of a simple, tasty and at the same time healthy diet which has been the norm all along Mediterranean shores since ancient times.
November 21, 2011 |
Americans tend to like their fats saturated, their grains processed, their protein grown on legs and their sugar added anywhere their sweet tooth decides it would like some. As for fiber, they're all for it - in, say, their French fries or the pickles on their burger. In a related development, nutrition experts tend to be bummed out by the typical American diet. In fact, many wish we'd trade it in for a diet that's pretty much the opposite, namely, the Mediterranean diet, which favors monounsaturated fat, whole (unprocessed)