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Mediterranean Diet ups Quality of Life

Friday, 01 June 2012 12:57 PM

The Mediterranean diet – high in fruit, vegetables, fish, olive oil and nuts – has long been known to boost health and stave off a variety of illnesses. But new research has also linked it to a higher quality of life and feelings of well-being.
The study, led by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Navarra, tracked more than 11,000 university students over a period of four years in an effort designed to assess whether the diet conferred mental- and well as physical-health benefits.
Researchers surveyed the students on their diets and their perceived quality of life. Their findings, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, revealed those who followed a Mediterranean diet scored higher on both physical and mental well-being measures.
“The Mediterranean diet is an important factor associated with better quality of life and can be considered as a healthy food model," said lead researcher Patricia Henríquez Sánchez.
The diet essentially combines foods to be eaten daily, weekly and occasionally. Main meals include cereals, fruit and vegetables and dairy products. It includes a daily intake of 1.5 and 2 liters of water. Olive oil is the main source of fat and moderate consumption of wine and other fermented beverages is recommended. Fish, lean meat and eggs are primary sources of protein. Sugar, sweets, cakes and sweetened beverages are consumed only occasionally and in small amounts.

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