Mediterranean Diet Beats Low-Fat Diet

Food Pyramid USDA_PreschoolerMiniPosterIn an effort to lose weight and get healthy, many aging Americans are looking for alternatives to the Food Pyramid that so many Baby-Boomers grew up with. The search for the perfect diet can be more than a little overwhelming. It seems like every day a new “miracle” diet is introduced claiming to have the solution for shedding those extra pounds. While some of these diets work for a select group of people, it can seem to have the opposite effect for others. So, what’s the answer?

For more and more people, a vegetarian diet makes sense. Or perhaps the Baby-Boomers are just reverting back to what worked for them back in their hippie days. Either way, what was once considered kind of “out there”, has now gone mainstream. Problem is, there are some folks who simply cannot give up meat in order to convert to a vegetarian diet. If you are one of those people, then here’s some good news.

Long-term research is proving that the Mediterranean diet may be the best possible solution to reducing weight and increasing health.

In fact, eating a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with red wine, helped those at high risk for cardiovascular problems avoid heart trouble better than those eating a low-fat diet, a new Spanish study has found.

During a follow-up period of about five years, study participants on a Mediterranean diet that emphasized either olive oil or nuts had a 30 percent greater reduction in relative risk of a heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular disease, said study lead author Dr. Miguel Angel Martinez-Gonzalez. He is chairman of preventive medicine and public health at the Universidad de Navarra in Spain….More at Another Study Says Mediterranean Diet Good for the Heart

While the Mediterranean diet discourages eating red meats, it does allow for some white meat.

There is nothing difficult about following this program which means it can work for you whether at home or at a restaurant. This is less about a ‘diet’ and more of simply a healthy way of eating — that just happens to help in the battle of the bulge!

 

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