Mediterranean Diet Reduces Heart Risks
Finally, a diet plan that actually has lots of food in it. Recently, New England Journal of Medicine released an article stating that Mediterranean diet can help reduce risks of heart ailments by a staggering 30%; the most any heart-related diets can claim.
What is a Mediterranean diet? Basically, a Mediterranean diet consists of meals rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins considered healthy such as those from chickens and fish, beans and legumes.
According to Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor, it also includes a consumption of about 2 liters of extra virgin oil and lots of nuts. The nuts are termed healthy fats that we can snack on when we get hungry outside meal hours.
The Mediterranean Diet has been around for awhile and it’s pretty much popular among weight watchers; however, the release of the study has shot the diet up to media fame.
On the other hand, there are some who are raising brows and questioning the credibility of this study.
An article written by Dr. Jonny Boden, published by The Huffington Post humorously points out:
Mediterranean Diet Study Has Insufficient Comparisons
The crap Dr. Boden is referring to is the common low-fat, high-carb foods that common Americans eat daily. One of the three groups that participated in the research was said to have been advised to eat them during the period of the study.
According to a number of critical reviews on the finding, the variety of diets that the Mediterranean diet was compared to was not enough to reach the conclusion that it is, indeed, the healthiest and the best diet ever.
Perhaps, the best way to look at it is by focusing on the health benefits of nuts, olive oil and the other foods recommended for the diet. After all, there is yet to have a standard Mediterranean menu. Until then, any meal that includes fruits, vegetables or any of the foods listed above; sprinkled with lots of olive oil and taken with wine might as well be consideredMediterranean.
There are many good sides to this diet, as stressed by Dr. Janet Brill of DrJanet.com. She attests to its effectiveness in reducing the risks of heart diseases which she even wrote about in her book, Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to prevent heart diseases.
Dr. Janet Brill says that the food is delicious and is easy to adapt to as a lifestyle because of the accessibility of the food products. All of them are available in the local markets and supermarkets. She admits, though, that the Mediterranean diet now is far different from the traditional Mediterranean diet which is almost, in her term, “extinct”.
Here’s a video on ABC News about the Mediterranean diet breakthrough:
What should not be missed is that in all articles arguing both sides of the coin, physical activity is consistently attached to the diet. That’s the key to living a healthy lifestyle – a healthy diet and regular exercise.
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