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September 27, 2004 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
Drizzle on the olive oil, uncork a bottle of wine, and hit the cobblestones -- you may not only reach old age but extend it longer than most, a pair of European studies has concluded. The new research represents yet another victory for those espousing a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, beans, fish and olive oil, washed down with a daily glass or two of wine.
December 26, 2009 | By Irene Wanner
McDonald's has had a difficult time in Italy, reports Elena Kostioukovitch in "Why Italians Love to Talk About Food." Some boycotts led to closures, franchises were forced to conform with local architecture and -- instead of hamburgers -- the restaurants serve "brioches, and slices of panettone, and . . . an excellent espresso." No wonder the chain had to adapt to survive. As demonstrated during her delightful culinary wanderings, good food is fundamental. Italy is the birthplace of the Slow Food movement and the Mediterranean Diet, recent results of Italians' long love affair with their country's rich and varied bounty.
December 8, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
An intermittent low-carb diet could be better than a standard low-calorie Mediterranean diet for weight loss and lowering insulin, a study finds. Low-carb diets have been shown in a number of studies to be superior to regular low-calorie diets for various weight health outcomes, but they're notoriously difficult to stick to for a number of people. In this study, researchers followed 115 women who had a family history of breast cancer for four months as they were randomly assigned to one of three diet programs.
July 26, 2010
Ah, the perils of parsing medical studies. ..., a statistical reality check offered by George Mason University, offered up some recent "tsks" in its review of media attempts to put findings in perspective. Most recently, analyzed coverage of a study assessing the potential protective benefits of the Mediterranean diet on patients with heart problems. That  media critique concluded: "As a whole, media accounts underestimated the impact of the Mediterranean diet on cardiovascular events, and poorly described the diet as a whole."
October 3, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Moderately obese people who ate the Mediterranean diet lost more weight than groups of people who followed either a low-fat or a low-carbohydrate diet, researchers reported. The Mediterranean group weighed almost seven pounds less than they weighed six years earlier. In the low-carb group, the total was 3.7 pounds, and the low-fat group was 1.3 pounds. The Mediterranean diet is one based on the eating habits of people who live in that part of the world -- high in produce, and including olive oil and fish.
June 15, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Pour some more of that EVOO on your plate -- a study finds that eating more olive oil could be linked with lower stroke risk in older people. Medical records of 7,625 people 65 and older who lived in three French cities were examined by researchers to determine how their olive oil consumption affected their chances of having a stroke. The participants had no history of stroke at the beginning of the study. Olive oil is a component of the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in healthy fats (like olive oil and nuts)
June 4, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
It's no surprise that someone who has never smoked, who eats a Mediterranean diet and keeps a normal weight and who exercises regularly is healthy. How healthy? Chances of death from all causes is reduced by 80% over eight years. Pretty healthy. Those four healthy behaviors also protected against heart disease and the buildup of calcium deposits in the arteries, the researchers said. Those are the results of a multiyear study of more than 6,000 people led by Johns Hopkins University researchers and published online Monday in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
November 21, 2011 | By Karen Ravn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The traditional diet in Greece is different from the traditional diet in France is different from the traditional diet in Spain. And while all of these diets are considered Mediterranean, it stands to reason that they don't all provide equal health benefits. So which Mediterranean diet is best? Dr. Artemis Simopoulos, president of the nonprofit Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health in Washington, D.C., thinks it's the one followed in Greece before 1960. Laying out her case in a 2001 paper, she pointed to the Seven Countries Study, which found that Greece — and specifically the island of Crete — had the lowest heart disease and cancer rates of all seven countries in the study, including Italy.
November 1, 2010 | By Rachel Laudan
This month, UNESCO is expected to designate for the first time one or more of the world's culinary traditions as an "intangible cultural heritage. " The cultural category, established in 2003 as a supplement to the better-known category of "tangible heritage" (castles, cities, landscapes), was created to protect traditions in the developing world by encouraging tourism. Already the tango, Croatian lace-making and Sardinian pastoral songs have been chosen. This year the leading culinary contenders ?
January 4, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The DASH diet took the No. 1 spot in best overall diet in the U.S. News and World Report's Best Diets 2012, which also rates other popular diets in various categories. That diet plan also took top ranking as the best diet for healthy eating and the best diabetes diet (tied with the Biggest Loser diet). The DASH diet (it stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) may also help lower cholesterol, as it's big on whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins -- not a bad program for a number of people.
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