*bodyTHINGS: Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Kate Upton eats a Mediterranean Diet…really! Someone told me so it has to be true.

From Mayoclinic.com
If you’re looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Most healthy diets include fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and limit unhealthy fats. While these parts of a healthy diet remain tried-and-true, subtle variations or differences in proportions of certain foods may make a difference in your risk of heart disease. Read the article “Mediterranean diet: Choose this heart-healthy diet option.”

From LeslieBeckRD Canada‘s number one nutritionist
A Mediterranean diet with added extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts seems to improve the brain power of older people better than advising them to follow a low-fat diet, indicates a new study in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Researchers from Spain base their findings on 522 men and women, aged 55 to 80, without cardiovascular disease but at high vascular risk because of underlying disease/conditions. These included either type 2 diabetes or three of the following: high blood pressure, unfavourable blood fats, overweight, a family history of early cardiovascular disease, and being a smoker. Read “Mediterranean diet may slow age-related cognitive decline.”

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