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The Mediterranean Diet and Heart Health: 10 Things You Should Know

By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 03:43 PM

For many years, the Mediterranean diet has been associated with heart health.

Does this way of eating really deserve the heart healthy label, or are the benefits due to some other factor of the Mediterranean lifestyle?

Here are some things you need to know about the Mediterranean diet and heart health.

1. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the Mediterranean diet consists of mainly olive oil, fruit, nuts, vegetables, and cereals, along with some fish and poultry and a little bit of dairy, red meat, processed meat, and sweets.

Wine is acceptable in moderation with meals.

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The Mayo Clinic reports that in a meta-analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults, those who followed the Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of death from heart disease as well as from other causes.

3. A study of Spanish men published in 2013 showed that following a Mediterranean diet lowered the risk of heart disease by 30 percent, according to The New York Times.

4. The Spanish study also showed that the Mediterranean diet was easier to follow and more enjoyable than a low-fat diet.

5. The researchers of the Spanish study began following a Mediterranean diet themselves after seeing the study results.

6. The Spanish study showed positive results even for overweight participants who didn’t lose weight.

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A review of studies by Authority Nutrition showed that following a Mediterranean diet produced improvement in incidence of heart disease, reduction of cholesterol levels, and reduction in blood pressure.

8. A Mediterranean diet also showed a reduction in patients having metabolic syndrome as well as a reduction in the risk of developing insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.

9. A study reported in CNN in 2016 showed that eating more foods from the Mediterranean diet protected from heart disease and strokes even if foods not on the list were also eaten.

The higher the amount of Mediterranean diet foods eaten, the lower the risk.

10. CNN also reported that the findings showed that while the Mediterranean diet "may be effective at reducing incidences of certain diseases," the reseachers concluded that the Mediterranean diet "may not affect overall mortality."

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