Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

The findings of this study suggest that incorporating a Mediterranean diet could cut back the risk of getting a cardiovascular disease by up to 30%! The study was originally intended to compare those on a Mediterranean diet to those on a low-fat diet, but researchers found that people on a low-fat diet had a difficult time lowering their amount of fat intake. On the other hand, participants of the Mediterranean diet, which included vegetables, fruit, fish, olive oil, nuts, and legumes, maintained their diet and did not resort to eating commercial food products. The results proved astonishing in that over the course of 5 years, for those on a Mediterranean diet, the rate of heart attacks, strokes, and death caused by heart disease was significantly reduced.