The Mediterranean diet was introduced as a health protecting diet almost thirty years ago! Since then much research has linked this diet with a number of specific positive health outcomes, including overall mortality.
A new study just published in the British Medical Journal has reported on the relative effectiveness of the individual components of this diet. Researchers followed 23,000 healthy Greek adults for 8.5 years and found the following elements of the Mediterranean diet contributed most the reducing risk of mortality:
- low intake of meat;
- high consumption of vegetables, fruits, nuts, monounsaturated fats, and legumes;
- moderate use of alcohol.